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Scammers cash in on 2012 Olympic games online

Fake Olympic ticket websites already springing up

Scammers hoping to cash in on the 2012 Olympic games are already setting up fake ticketing sites, judging by the rise in Olympic-related domain names being registered.

Which? Computing showed how easily you could set up an Olympic domain by registering www.olympic-games-tickets.org.uk for just £7, which it has used to post information about how to report fake websites. 

The computer magazine fears criminals could start selling fake Olympic tickets online. Websites could also be used to gain personal and financial details or to commit identity fraud.

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Sarah Kidner, editor of Which? Computing said: ‘Criminals are limbering up for a spate of Olympic-related crime. Several websites are, amazingly, already promising tickets that don’t exist. There needs to be much stronger regulation of this area to stop conmen running off with our money’.

Tighter regulation needed

UK internet domain name registry Nominet told Which? Computing that it doesn’t ‘believe it’s the registry’s role’ to check who is registering domains, yet other countries such as Albania and Bermuda have more strict procedures in place for registering. The Office of Fair Trading is campaigning to make people more aware of scam ticket websites.

If you see a site selling Olympic tickets, email Which? Computing at whichcomputingnews@which.co.uk

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