Almost 30 fraudulent websites under the police scanner. Two websites shut down and one man arrested
UK police have sent out a warning asking the public not to purchase Olympic tickets online from unauthorized websites. People are likely to end up getting ripped off and run the risk of having their personal information misused by these fraudsters.
With the countdown to 2012 games fast approaching the demand for tickets has reached dizzying heights. This has led to dubious websites cheating people across the globe with great bargains and unbelievable deals.
Police have compiled a list of 30 such fake websites and further enquiries are underway. Meanwhile, in a joint operation with Portuguese authorities, British police have shut down two such fake websites and arrested a 44–year-old man on charges of money laundering and misrepresentation. Earlier, in January 2012, authorities issued a warning asking public to refrain purchasing Olympic tickets from unauthorized websites. Sportticketexchange, onlineticketexpress and londonsummergames are some of the websites that are currently under the police scanner.
http://www.tickets.london2012.com is the official website for the London 2012 games and people buying tickets from any other websites run the risk of getting cheated. LOCOG, responsible for organizing the 2012 games, has provided a checking mechanism on their website to verify the source from which people buy their Olympic tickets. However people who have already purchased tickets from such unauthorized websites are requested to get in touch with the local authorities immediately.
UK police have launched “Operation Podium”, a drive against illegal ticket sales. During the Beijing Olympics in 2008, illegal ticket scams cost customers almost $4 million. The general public are requested to follow the formal complaints procedure in the event of any such instances coming to their notice. Public awareness and due diligence on the consumers’ end can put an end to the activities of such fraudsters who dampen the Olympic spirit.