Official event organisers have a strong online presence. Unfortunately so do scammers, who often take advantage of major events where tickets are hard to buy or sell out quickly, as an opportunity to sell you fake tickets.
When basketball fanatic Andrew saw tickets available online to a sold-out USA versus Boomers game in Melbourne, he jumped at the opportunity.
“The website had tickets advertised at lower price points, but still looked legitimate and even included features like venue seating arrangements,” Andrew said.
“I made the purchase via bank transfer and received an email ‘confirmation’ saying my e-tickets would be available the week of the game. The email said that to access the tickets I had to log into my account, but I didn’t create an account when purchasing the tickets, therefore could not access the website,” he said.