Online Ticket Fraud Rising

Police have warned live music fans to be wary of buying tickets online, and to report any cases of fraud so they can deal with it.

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Police have warned music fans to be wary of buying gig tickets online because of a rise in fraud.

This year, the UK has seen 3,000 complaints of online fraud, compared to just 600 in 2010.

"Concert tickets are very very popular, people are desperate to see their favourite bands. People get desperate to see them and take risks on other websites," said Steve Profit from Action Fraud which deals with complaints of fraud in the UK.

Steve pleaded for others to report fraud if they've also been affected. "We need to know how many people are victims to this so that police can take action against these websites," he said.

The rise may have been related to the Olympic games, where London was the host for the 2012 event.

Police say they've learned a lot from "Operation Podium" which targeted fraudulent Olympic ticket sellers, and hope those lessons will be applied to the music sector.

Unusually, Action Fraud say they received an even higher 7,000 complaints in 2011, but most of them were linked to one company which has since been shut down.

Have you been affected by ticket fraud? What happened? Let us know in the comments.

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    Von II
    Well, it's easy: don't get your tickets from a shady site, even if it's sold out and you're hopeless. Get them from the official site or buy them in a brick and mortar store.
    I tried to buy a ticket for MUSE in my hometown, it was sold out in a couple of minutes... Now I'm seeing at other sites that people sell one of the 20 tickets they bought for just 200... THAT's what drives me mad
    there should definitely be a limit per person.
    I've seen many distributors pressured by bands to do exactly that in Australia. There are usually ways around it, but it stops your average opportunist ripping off real fans. The big problem is that people buy those scalped tickets. If people refuse to buy them for exorbitant prices, then we wont even need ticket limits. It will simply cease to be profitable to scalp.
    "Police have warned live music fans to be wary of buying tickets online, and to report any cases of fraud so they can deal with it." If by deal with it, they mean look at the site, fail at shutting it down, and refuse to assist in refunding the person who purchased the ticket, then yes, they'll deal with it for you. Or, you can go the easy route and buy tickets from well know sites.
    With today's technology, in the US, ticket fraud is mostly a thing of the past. The example here is in the UK. Most ticket companies in the US are going with a bar code system now that verifies the tickets upon purchase.
    I've seen people collecting used tickets and then trying to sell them on to other people, of course when they try and get in the venue the bar code has already been scanned.