Beware Olympic Games ticket fraudsters

SPORTS fans from Hucknall and Bulwell hoping to land tickets for the Olympic Games in London next year are being warned to guard against fraudsters.

More than eight million tickets for London 2012 went on sale last week.

But with an increase in the use of the Internet for buying tickets and accommodation packages, police are warning that criminals are likely to set up fake websites to get their hands on credit-card details.

Det Insp Kev Fidler, of Nottinghamshire police, said: “There is only one official way to obtain tickets for the Olympic Games and that is through www.tickets.london2012.com

“The 2012 Games will be one of the biggest sporting events this country has ever seen. Unfortunately there will be some who look to take advantage of others by selling fake tickets or by setting up professional sites that look official.

“We want everyone to have an opportunity to enjoy the Games, without falling victim to scams or touts. By taking some simple steps, the huge demand for tickets can be met safely.”

If you’re buying a ticket for the Olympic Games, log on at www.tickets.london2012.com. Postal applications can be obtained from any Lloyds TSB branch.

The ticket-application process is open until Tuesday April 26.

There are only three official providers for ‘Games Breaks’ and hospitality in the UK. These are Thomas Cook, Prestige Travel and Jet Set Travel.

Other websites or companies will not be authorised to sell tickets as part of a package.

If you find tickets available from any unauthorised source, report it to your local police or London 2012 via brandprotection@london2012.com.