TRADING Standards officers from Nottinghamshire County Council are reminding sports fans to buy Olympics tickets only from the official London 2012 website.
Selling Olympic tickets in the UK or abroad without authorisation from the London organising committee Locog is a criminal offence liable to a £20,000 fine under the 2006 Olympic Act.
There is also a risk that tickets available from another source will be counterfeit.
It has been reported today that the police are cracking down on black market tickets that are currently up for sale on the run up to the Olympic Games, which includes a hit list of 30 international websites and 970 individuals.
Ticket holders who want to sell their tickets are advised to log into the account that they created when they get their tickets and click on the option to resell them.
Paul Gretton, Team Manager for Trading Standards East Midlands Scambusters Team, said: “People who have purchased tickets since they went on sale are now likely to be receiving their tickets through the post, which means there may be a flurry of tickets up for sale on Ebay.
“If you are reselling tickets they can be traced back to you so you risk prosecution under current legislation.
“It is also not worth the risk of buying tickets from Ebay or another source whether they are fake or not as you may be refused admission to the event, which would mean you have wasted your money.”
To report a website or an individual selling genuine or counterfeit Olympics tickets contact the Citizen’s Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.
To buy ticket in confidence visit www.tickets.london2012.com