Police Warn Over Olympic Ticket Scam

March 16 2012

Police are warning the public of some recent advertisements that have appeared in national and international media advertising tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The advertisements just feature a mobile phone number or email address to contact for more information.

Detective Superintendent Nick Downing from Operation Podium said: "Please do not attempt to buy tickets from adverts such as these as you risk paying over the odds for tickets that may not exist and your personal details may be stolen and used in other crimes. The safest way to buy tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is from the London 2012 website. On this site you will find the most up to date information about tickets, future Olympic and Paralympic Games ticket sales and the London 2012 website checker."

If you have tried to buy a ticket in this way please contact Operation Podium at OperationPodium@met.pnn.police.uk

It is illegal to advertise or sell an Olympic or Paralympic Games ticket without the appropriate authorisation from the event organisers LOCOG and carries a fine of up to £20,000 for each offence.

Operation Podium is the Met’s dedicated team to tackle serious and organised economic crime against the Games and is working to disrupt those serious and organised criminals looking to target the Games.

For full crime prevention advice on safe ways to buy your ticket for the London 2012 Games, visit the MPS Operation Podium website at Met Website 

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