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22 February 2011, 16:32
New advice is being given out to make sure it is the criminals who miss out when tickets for the Olympic Games go on sale on Tuesday, March 15.
The rise in the use of the internet to purchase tickets and accommodation packages online, coupled with the huge expected demand, gives criminals new opportunities to sell non-existent tickets and steal personal and credit card details to use in other crimes.
Over eight million tickets will be made available for the Olympic Games and a further two million for the Paralympics. By taking some simple steps anyone buying a ticket can keep help prevent themsevles becoming a victim.
Paul Doran, Detective Inspector for Crime Reduction for the Force said: "The 2012 Games will be one of the biggest sporting events this country has ever hosted, with over 10 million tickets available for events right across the country. It’s going to be a really exciting time, especially in Hertfordshire, with the Canoe Slalom competition being held at the Lea Valley White Water Centre in Broxbourne and we know residents are looking forward to seeing these once in a lifetime events. Criminals will be looking for ways to con and steal, either through selling fake tickets or setting up professional looking sites which may look honest, but could leave you a victim. There is some easy-to-follow advice which will help keep you safe and ensure you can enjoy the Games next year.”
If you’re buying a ticket for the Games:
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