June Update from Citizens Advice: Advice on Ticket Scams

With the summer event season in full swing, ticket scams are on the rise, targeting eager fans of major events like Wimbledon, the Paris Olympics, concerts, and the Euros.

Here are some key points to raise awareness and protect yourself from falling victim to these fraudulent schemes:

Fraudsters employ various tactics to lure unsuspecting victims, such as:
– Selling counterfeit or non-existent tickets
– Advertising tickets for sold-out events at inflated prices
– Creating fraudulent ticketing websites mimicking official sites
– Exploiting social media platforms like Facebook Marketplace and personal eBay listings
To protect yourself from ticket fraud, follow these guidelines:
– Purchase tickets only from official, legitimate sources like authorised ticket vendors and event organisers.
– Verify the authenticity of websites by checking for HTTPS encryption and the padlock symbol in the address bar.
– Avoid buying from individuals on social media platforms or through unsolicited messages.
– Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true, as fraudsters often use low prices as bait.
– Use credit or debit cards for online purchases, as they offer better protection than bank transfers.

If you’ve been scammed:
1. Talk to your bank or card company immediately if you’ve handed over any financial and sensitive information or made a payment
2. Report the scam to Action Fraud on 0300 123 204
3. Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 if you need more help or visit: northhertscab.org.uk

For more information, call our consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133.

In Royston, CAB is at the Town Hall on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 12noon.  Also at Melbourn Community Hub on a Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am. Or if you’d prefer to contact the office in advance, you can leave a message by calling 01462 689801, and someone will get back to you.