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One in 12 music festival tickets fake, says OFT

Duped fans lose average of £80

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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning that one in 12 tickets sold for all UK music festivals are fakes.

According to the consumer watchdog, highly organised, mafia-style gangs are using websites that mimic those used by both bands and festivals in order to dupe music fans. The figures – from an unpublished study of ticket frauds at all of last year’s music festivals – also reveals that people deceived lost an average of £80.

Two Simply Red fans from Spain recently fell victim to ticket fraud when purchasing fake tickets for the band’s farewell tour but were luckily saved from being locked out by lead singer Mick Hucknall, who was able to get them in as the band’s guests.

And with events such as the sold-out Latitude festival set to attract 35,000 people from 15-18 July, the OFT is warning people be vigilant when buying tickets to music festivals.

Office of Fair Trading consumer advice

To help protect yourself, the OFT recently encouraged consumers to remember the following tips:

  • Stop, think and be sceptical. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Do not be rushed into sending off money to someone you do not know, however plausible they might sound and even where an approach is personalised.
  • Think about how much money you could lose from replying to a potential scam – it’s not a gamble worth taking.
  • If you are unsure of an offer, speak to family or friends and seek advice from Consumer Direct before sending any money or giving out any banking or credit card details.

For more information on buying tickets safely, check out the OFT’s Just Tick It campaign. The site also includes details of how to spot and avoid ticket scams.

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