23rd June 2024

Public warned of summer ticket scams

Croydon Trading Standards is urging people to be on the lookout for social media ticket scams.


By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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However desperate you are to go to an event, get safe online by following this guidance from Trading Standards

Croydon Trading Standards is advising people buying tickets to sporting and music events such as the Euros and the Olympics this summer to stay safe online, with some useful tips on how to avoid scams.

Teaming up with National Trading Standards (NTS) to point people to the Get Safe Online website, the Croydon Trading Standards team is highlighting the significant sums that can be lost to fraudsters operating on social media and online marketplaces.

Millions of pounds are lost every year by consumers across the country to ticket scams, with bogus traders offering tickets that never arrive, leaving a trail of disappointed and out-of-pocket sports and music fans in their wake.

One Croydon resident reported having been scammed out of £14,000 for hospitality tickets to Glastonbury 2023. After the money had been transferred to the seller, they stopped replying to messages and disappeared from social media.

Karen Agbabiaka, director of streets and environment at Croydon Council, said: “It’s important that our residents stay safe online and don’t fall victim to online ticket fraud, which is why we’re sharing this information.

“With lots of exciting events happening this summer, it can be tempting to take up offers on social media. But however desperate you are to go to an event, get safe online by following this guidance from Trading Standards.”

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