Derbyshire police is warning football fans about online ticket fraud ahead of the European Championships in France.
The tournament starts tomorrow (Friday, June 10).
Police are urging anyone who is looking to sell their ticket to do so through an official resale platform where tickets will be sold at face value. For further information please visit UEFA’s website.
Fans searching for tickets are being advised to check the site often as they will be sold on a first come first serve basis, with new tickets being added regularly.
A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “Purchasing tickets from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket. Not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist, seeing those with a counterfeit ticket being refused entry.”
Top tips to buying tickets safely online include:
Only purchase tickets from an authorised seller by using the exchange portal;
When using the portal do not be encouraged to contact the seller privately and complete the transaction outside of the portal;
Be wary of purchasing tickets from a social media account. There is a risk that the ticket does not exist or is counterfeit. Consider conducting research on the information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated to them online;
Avoid making payments through bank transfer or money transfer services, as the payment may not be recoverable.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk