A new report from the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre Action Fraud claims that British fans lost £1.3m on entertainment and sport ticket fraud in the last six months.
That’s based on 2,885 reports registered with the body, with a median loss of more than £200 per case. And these were just the ones that were reported.
Action Fraud picked out two companies in particular – Circle Tickets and GetSporting – noting that events on which fans were defrauded included gigs by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters and One Direction.
The research has spurred a new awareness campaign – #lookfortheSTAR – led by the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers. “As well as cheating the consumer, every case of fraud damages the reputation of Britain’s vital entertainment and sporting industries,” said STAR boss Adrian Sanders.