Russia World Cup 2018: Ticket fraud and fake travel website warning

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Looking forward to the World Cup?

I have news for you – so are the con-merchants hoping to take supporters for a ride.

Russia 2018 may be an opportunity for fans to support their team but it’s also an opportunity for less innocent activity.

NatWest said football-related scams will be in the top ten of frauds this year.

They said some fraudsters will sell football tickets that are either fake or will never arrive.

Warning over Russia World Cup 2018 ticket fraud and fake travel websites
Warning over Russia World Cup 2018 ticket fraud and fake travel websites

It is also expected that “package trips” will be offered by fake travel companies.

The advice is always buy tickets from a reputable source and not a pop-up company you’ve never heard of.

But football fraud is not just about big events like the World Cup.

Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre, has warned of a scam involving selling fake tickets for sports events and gigs on social media.

If you become a victim of ticket fraud, report it to Action Fraud on www.actionfraud.police.uk

Top tips

  • Buy tickets only from the venue’s box office, sports club, promoter, official agent or reputable ticket exchange sites
  • Consider that tickets advertised on any other source such as auction sites, social media and fan forums may be fake or non-existent, however authentic the seller may seem and even if they’re advertised at or above face value
  • Never pay for tickets by bank transfer, even if you’re desperate to get hold of them. With the abolition of credit card payment surcharges, some sellers may ask you do this. The responsibility for losses lies with you, your bank won’t refund your money
  • Consider paying by credit card to get additional protection over other payment methods
  • Double-check all details of your purchase before confirming payment
  • Don’t be tempted to click on social media, text or email links or attachments offering tickets, as they could link to fraudulent or malware sites
  • Before buying online, check that the page is genuine (carefully enter the address yourself, not from a link) and secure (https and a locked padlock), and log out when you’re done
  • Check sellers’ privacy and returns policies
  • Keep receipts until after the concert or game.



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