The major bank has warned of ticket fraud after the number of cases it has handled so far this year has more than doubled compared to the same period in 2022.
Santander said the number of ticket scams reported by its customers more than doubled from 789 to 1,905 between the start of this year and the end of July compared to the same period last year. The average claim was £107.
Ticket fraud happens when a criminal sells someone a ticket that is fake or doesn’t exist. Sales are often promoted on social media or on fake websites, Santander said.
Customers aged between 19 and 34 made up the majority of reports dealt with by Santander, but customers aged 35 and over tended to report larger losses, averaging £194.
Don’t score an own goal by cheating
Ticket fraud victims aged 13 to 34 reported losses averaging £77.
Common allegations involved the counterfeit sale of concert and festival tickets, with counterfeit tickets for football matches and flights also reported to Santander.
Chris Ainsley, head of fraud risk management at Santander, said: “Whether you’re buying tickets to your favorite artist, the Rugby World Cup or your football team, don’t score an own goal by being scammed.”
“If someone is contacted by a stranger or sees an ad online with an offer that seems too good to be true, that may be exactly what it is. People should be aware of possible scams and only buy tickets from official ticket sellers.”
Here are some tips from Santander to protect yourself from ticket fraud:
– Always buy tickets from trusted official sellers and websites.
– Consider payment methods that may offer more protection if something goes wrong, such as: B. Credit cards.
– Always buy football tickets directly from the football club.
– When purchasing online, check that payment sites are secure by looking for the padlock icon in the address bar. The website should start with “https”.
– Scammers often claim to offer tickets to very popular and sold-out events. In some cases, the asking price may also seem cheaper than you would expect. Remember, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
https://www.standard.co.uk/business/money/number-of-ticket-scams-has-doubled-in-a-year-warns-santander-b1105443.html The number of ticket frauds has doubled in a year, warns Santander