Sports fans warned over London 2012 Olympic ticket scams

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THE race is on once again for tickets to see this year’s Olympics and trading standards officers from Nottinghamshire County Council are reminding sports fans to only buy them from the official London 2012 website.

The new tickets are made up of those returned by people who bought them in the first and second ballots last year and are on sale at www.tickets.london2012.com

Stringent anti-ticket touting measures make it an offence for anybody to sell tickets except through the official exchange, which will initially be open until 3rd February.

Paul Gretton, team manager for trading standards East Midlands scambusters team said: “The official London 2012 tickets website is the only legal way people can buy or sell Olympics tickets.

“Anyone buying tickets from any other source - whether they are genuine or not - is likely to be refused admission to the event, so it’s just not worth taking the chance and wasting your money. Likewise, tickets you bought originally can be traced back to you if they are subsequently resold by illegal means.”

“If you are aware of any other website or individual selling genuine or counterfeit Olympics tickets, report it to Consumer Direct immediately on 08454 04 05 06.”