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Ticket fraud on the rise

4 February 2018
Adrian Sanders

THE NUMBER of reported ticket fraud incidents has increased, according to figures released by the Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR) and crime agency Action Fraud.

The organisations reveal that 3,973 reports of ticket fraud were reported during a six-month period in 2017, with victims losing an average of £195.

In 2015 a similar report measured the number of cases at 2,885 over the same period, although the average amount lost was higher at £205.

“Sadly, customers are continuing to fall prey to fraudsters and therefore need to know exactly where they should purchase tickets from safely,” says STAR chairman Adrian Sanders.

“Despite the considerable advances in ticket fraud prevention, some customers are still being tricked too easily.”

City of London Police’s national coordinator for economic crime, temporary commander Dave Clark, adds, “If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. We recommend that people buy from reputable ticket sellers who are members of STAR.”

STAR is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. this year.

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