Buying tickets for UEFA Euro or a Festival? - READ THIS FIRST

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Buying tickets for UEFA Euro or a Festival? – READ THIS FIRST!
Cheshire police wish to draw your attention to Ticket Scams.
In 2015 new figures from
Get Safe Online and the City of London Police’s National Fraud showed that £301,892 was lost to ticket scams in the North West.
  • Incidents of online ticket fraud in the UK rose by 55% in 2015
  • £5.2 million lost to online ticket fraud in 2015 compared to £3.35 million in 2014
  • 26% of fraudulent tickets sold online in 2015 were for big sporting events
  • 20-29 year olds accounted for over a quarter of victims in 2015
Actual reported crimes (incidents of ticket scams) between November 2014 and October 2015:-
  • Over 25% for major sporting events e.g. Rugby World Cup, Premier League football matches.
  • 15% of tickets were fraudulent to gigs and festivals.
Most at risk of buying fake or non-existent tickets:-
  • aged between 20-29 (28%)
  • followed by 30-39 and 40-49 year olds (23% for each age group)
Get Safe Online  is urging sports and music fans to be vigilant when trying to buy tickets, especially on social media sites, which are increasingly being used by criminals to facilitate ticket fraud.  
Findings show that 21% of crimes relating to ticket fraud were instigated via Facebook and 6% on Twitter. 22% of reported incidents took place on Gumtree.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting For further advice on how to stay safe online go to
Message sent by
Liz Biddle (Police, Community Engagement Officer, Chesh Engagement Unit)

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