Top tips on protecting yourself from purchasing fraudulent tickets for the 2018 World Cup

May 22, 2018

As summer rolls around, it’s nearly time for one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. Even those amongst us who are not self-confessed football fans can’t help but get involved in the action, rooting for our country as we sport the latest kit, and any excuse to host a BBQ get-together to celebrate the event.
For those wanting to get even more involved in a slice of the action, the option to purchase tickets to one of the big games is somewhat appealing, but as with many things, you need to be sure what you’re buying is legit, and you don’t end up a victim of fraud. During the last World Cup, 600 reports were made to Action Fraud about suspect tickets, or touts.
There’s a few things you can be aware of to ensure you’re savvy when buying tickets this summer:

Where to buy

The only place you can officially purchase tickets is the official FIFA website, so make sure you never get tricked into purchasing through a dud site, or via a phishing email. Even though the internet giants are working hard to eliminate companies such as these, plenty of fraudulent sites will operate by paying a lot of money for higher SEO rankings to draw people in via search. If you Google and see some of these pop up offering great deals, don’t be fooled!
In addition to scams and fraudulent tickets, during the last World Cup there were all sorts of reports of lottery scams, too, so keep your wits about you when looking online, and only ever purchase any tickets or deals through the official site.

How to buy

When purchasing via the official site, the best way to stay safe online is to always pay with a credit card, or a card payment service where you have an official online paper trail, as such.
Official websites such as FIFA will have best-in-class security, so you can feel safe when entering your details online. Most sites also have a verification process where they refer you to your online banking outlet to confirm any card or credit card payments.

Always report suspect emails or sites

There are plenty of government-based websites out there which can offer help and guidance on how to stay savvy on fraud, and signs of fraud. Always make sure you report suspicious emails and websites if you think they might be operating unlawfully. An easy way to do this is to check the sender address or URL – even if the email looks official with logos, a sure-fire giveaway is strange number and letter combinations, or misspellings of the brand in the email address. Remember to always look carefully, too.