Britain’s biggest bank has warned of a surge in ticket fraud ahead of the new football season.
Days after England’s historic victory over Germany in the final of the Women’s European Championship, Lloyds reported that playing card cheating rose by two-thirds in the second half of last season.
The bank said victims were scammed out of an average of £410, although some have lost thousands.
Victims were most often tricked into sending money via bank transfer to buy tickets that didn’t exist, Lloyds added. Scammers then disappear with the cash.
Lloyds said fans of the so-called “Big Six” clubs and England are the most targeted, particularly when tickets are tight.
The bank’s Liz Ziegler said scams often start on social media “where it’s all too easy for scammers to use fake profiles and promote products that just don’t exist.”
The best way to avoid fraud is to buy directly from clubs or official ticket partners and always pay with a debit or credit card for the greatest protection. Ms Ziegler said: “If you can’t do these things, that should be a big red flag that you’re about to be scammed. These criminals are ready to go as soon as they get their hands on your money.”
Lloyds urged fans to avoid bank transfers as a form of payment as they offer little protection should anything go wrong. Ms Ziegler added that it’s “the electronic equivalent of just handing someone your cash on the street”.
She added scammers took the opportunity to take advantage of fans following the lifting of Covid restrictions. “It’s easy to get overwhelmed by our emotions when we’re following our favorite team.
“But while that passion creates a great atmosphere on pitches across the country, it’s important not to get carried away by the excitement when it comes to buying tickets to a game.”
The bank also reported a rise in similar concert ticket scams, up 72 percent this year.
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