The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has set up a fake fraudulent website, to warn purchasers of tickets for events about the dangers of fraudulent websites.(Live UK)
Ticket buyers attracted by the deals featured on it, and clicking on “buy”, are directed to a page which tells them it is a fake and gives advice on avoiding becoming a victim. According to the OFT most victims are caught by their desperation to obtain tickets and their excitement at finding them, as well as the legitimate appearance of the fraudulent websites. Around 8% of ticket buyers admit to having been defrauded, 20% of people know someone who has been defrauded and men are twice as likely to be victims as women.
Victims lose an average of £80.