‘Explosion’ of festival fraud as scammers prey on music fans

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Festival and concert ticket scams have soared 600pc this year, as criminals lure fans with fake adverts and prey on those planning for a summer with no coronavirus restrictions.

Lloyds Bank said it had seen an “explosion” in ticket fraud this year, with scammed customers losing an average of £251 each. Reports of ticket scams have surged by more than 600pc compared to the first four months of 2021 when most restrictions remained in place.

The bank warned that football matches and concerts were most likely to feature in fake adverts on social media, as scammers took advantage of the return of live events without restrictions.

Tim Mitchell, of Get Safe Online, an advice website, said scammers targeted sports events or gigs for which tickets were already sold out. He said: “The most in-demand events are those which are easiest for scammers to impersonate, as fans are desperate for tickets.

“So scam tickets for the big events in the UK like Premier Leagues, World Cups and Glastonbury are common.

“Victims are losing hundreds of pounds to these types of scams, but if you are bulk buying tickets for friends or family, losses can easily run into the thousands.”

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