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RIPPED OFF: Hemel Hempstead residents scammed after purchasing fake tickets online

 Published on: 2nd October 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

More than 50 Hertfordshire residents have been scammed when buying tickets online since April.

This includes several people from Hemel Hempstead, and has resulted in more than £47,000 worth of fake or stolen tickets being purchased.

Julian Griffiths, Hertfordshire Police’s Fraud Triage Manager, said: “Buying tickets for events from uncredited vendors is always risky. Avoid buying directly from individuals and use accredited sites instead.

“Buying tickets from secondary agents or people claiming to have tickets for sale carries much greater risk. Most venues, festivals, concerts and sporting events have official ticketing sites which offer resale tickets if you missed out on the initial sale.”

The scammer’s website will offer tickets that aren’t on sale yet or to sold-out events. You may even get the tickets you paid for, only to later find out they’re fake, or have been reported as lost or stolen and are therefore invalid.

Hertfordshire Police advise to pay for tickets using your credit card as it offers protection under the Consumer Credit Act if you’re scammed, and to check online for negative reviews of the website you want to use.

If you believe that you are a victim of fraud, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report.

Visit www.herts.police.uk/protectyourmoney for advice on avoiding scams.

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