Police have warned rugby fans to be vigilant when buying tickets for this year’s World Cup.
Forces across the country are working with national crime organisation Action Fraud to make people aware of ticket touts ahead of the tournament, which takes place in England and Wales in September and October.
An Action Fraud spokesman said: “We would like rugby fans and the general public to be aware that they should only purchase tickets from official sources and avoid being scammed.”
Tournament matches will be held across the country, with the nearest venues including Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium and the Milton Keynes Dons’ ground stadiummk.
All tickets for the tournament must be bought from the official World Cup website, https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com.
Organisers have also provided a tool to check whether websites are officially linked with the tournament. Visit www.rugbyworldcup/buyofficial.
According to Action Fraud, ticket touts at major sporting events are often linked with other forms of criminality.
The spokesman said: “Fans who purchase tickets and/or ticket-inclusive packages from unauthorised sellers run the risk of paying over the odds for a non-existent ticket, ending up disappointed by not getting to see the match they paid to see, and risk having their personal and credit card details stolen for use in other crimes.”
People can report the sale of counterfeit tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org.