20 Jun 2012

Man Charged in UK with Olympic Ticket Fraud

A 44-year-old man has been charged in the UK with fraud by false representation and money laundering after police disabled two bogus Olympic tickets websites. UK detectives from Operation Podium and Portuguese Judiciary Police had been investigating the websites www.2012-londonsummergames.org and www.2012-londonsummergames.com since October last year.

"The public need to be more wary than ever about buying from an unauthorised source," said Detective Superintendent Nick Downing in a press release. "These sites have now been disabled, but I urge anyone who has bought tickets from either of these websites to please get in touch with us at podiumenquiries@met.police.uk.”

UK police also warned about other scammers who take advantage of the Olympic Games and the demand for tickets.

“At this time when the majority of tickets have been sold, they run the risk of being ripped off for non-existent tickets or having their personal details stolen and used in other crimes,” Downing said.

Police gave no further details about the arrest.

At the same time, fresh scams are making the rounds on Facebook, tempting users to click on free London Olympics tickets and unwillingly install malware. This type of scam started circulating June 5 and the number of clicks is rising daily.

During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, a criminal group stole more than $3.5 million with bogus online tickets.