Action Fraud, the UK’s national centre for fraud and cybercrime reporting, has issued a warning to the public about the risks of buying tickets for sport, music and comedy events.
This comes in response to new figures revealing a staggering £6.7 million was lost to ticket fraud in 2022.
The rise in ticket fraud can be attributed to criminals taking advantage of people’s desire to attend more live events following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
Action Fraud received 7,088 reports of ticket fraud in 2022, with July being the worst-impacted month, recording 747 cases and resulting in losses of £957,887.23.
London was the worst affected area for ticket fraud, with 1,887 reported cases, followed by Greater Manchester with 383 reports and West Midlands with 341.
To combat this growing problem, Action Fraud is working with the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) to promote safe and secure ticket purchasing.
Jonathan Brown, Chief Executive of STAR, emphasises the importance of buying from an authorised ticket supplier signed up to their strict code of practice. STAR also offers an approved Alternative Dispute Resolution service to assist customers with outstanding complaints.
The rise in ticket fraud in the UK has become a significant concern for Action Fraud, resulting in losses of £6.7 million in 2022. Criminals are taking advantage of people’s eagerness to attend live events, offering fake deals on exclusive or sold-out tickets.
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