Online ticket fraud is an escalating problem – incidents rose by 55% in 2015 according to recent figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online. Sports events like the Rugby World Cup and Premier League football matches accounted for over a quarter of all incidents.
People aged 20–29 are actually most at risk of buying fake or non–existent tickets, the findings reveal. And social media channels are ideal marketplaces for fraudsters – 21% of ticket fraud crimes used Facebook and 6% used Twitter.
The fact that this digital demographic are most likely to fall victim is concerning to Commander Chris Greany, National Police Lead for Economic Crime. ‘It suggests that the fraudulent ticket sellers are very convincing and have the ability to exploit just about every type of internet user,’ he said.