South Yorkshire Police issue ticket fraud warning ahead of Sheffield’s summer events

Music lovers have been warned of the threat of ticket scammers while looking for the best deals on some of Sheffield’s biggest events taking place this summer.

In coming months, Sheffield has a packed schedule of events – from the Goo Goo Dolls and the Arctic Monkey’s concerts, to the Annual festival Tramlines – and with this grows concern over ticket fraud.

Nia Ravenscroft, 18, who is attending Tramlines festival this year, said: “I’ve been scammed in the past trying to get the cheapest tickets, so this time I made sure to buy them through direct website links posted on verified social media.”

In 2022, data issued by the Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for cyber crime, said there were 103 reports of ticket fraud between July- August in South Yorkshire alone, with 7,088 reports across the country.

According to last year’s data, £6.7 million was lost nationally to ticket scammers.

Fraud Protection Officer Andy Foster said: “We’re really lucky that we have some big music events taking place in South Yorkshire this summer, and while many of you will be out there trying to grab a last minute ticket, we know that unfortunately scammers are also out there looking for opportunities to exploit those who don’t want to miss out.

“Together with Action Fraud, we are committed to tackling fraud, and without reports from the public we are unable to build up a full picture of how these scammers are operating.”

While South Yorkshire Police said it takes fraud very seriously, it advises victims of ticket fraud to seek help from the forthcoming campaign Action Fraud, which is a resource to report cybercrime and scammers.

A verified multinational resale brand, Viagogo, is distributing legitimate resale tickets for events in South Yorkshire, and is open to helping those fallen victims to ticket fraud.

Viagogo’s Customer service advisor said: “Our company have zero tolerance for ticket fraud, we are always working to ensure our websites are safe and secure to protect our customers.”

If you do fall victim to a ticket scam, South Yorkshire police encourage that you report it to Action Fraud through their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For more information on how to spot the signs of ticket fraud: Ticket fraud | Action Fraud

Written by Amy Goddard

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