Since the first day of the Olympics, police investigators have detained over 30 people for scalping tickets to the Olympic Games. In addition, several companies were required to pay full refunds for tickets they were not authorized to sell, but sold over 15,000. The troubles prompted the chairman of the Olympic Association to take over the ticketing operation. Trade Officer’s investigation of fraudulent internet ticket sales is continuing. Although lots of people wanted to get a seat to view the Olympic games, it’s important to recognize where the tickets are coming from.
Olympics can be ripe locations for the fraudsters who produce fraudulent tickets and then sell these fake tickets to innocent tourists, says fraud expert, Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog. Fraudsters love to target big venues in hopes of preying upon innocent tourists hoping to attend an event, only to find out later that their ticket they paid big dollars for on the street, was fraudulent. In today’s society we must set up centralized ticketing only, with no availability for scalpers to lure innocent people in. Free business enterprise does not mean allowing fraudsters to build a profitable business through scamming people.
London’s magistrate escalated stiffer penalties for Olympic fraud, which will help deter fraudsters, but it certainly won’t stop all of them. It is important that if you have been scammed during the Olympic games in London, to report it, so that this information can be analyzed for future Olympic games.
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.