Soccer fans are been urged to avoid websites selling fake tickets to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil by the ACCC’s SCAMwatch.
The consumer watchdog has warned that if fans have already received tickets purchased online, these are fake as FIFA is not sending out printed tickets before April 2014.
“Official tickets can only be brought via www.FIFA.com- no other websites or parties are authorised to sell tickets,” said an ACCC spokesperson in a statement.
“There are no legitimate tickets being sold as part of a travel package, as no official tour operator has been authorised by FIFA.”
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The spokesperson warned that websites operated by scammers may use the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil logo and trademarks. Some websites are offering fake ticket-inclusive travel packages for up to A$30,000 per person.
Fans can check to see if their tickets purchased online are real by contacting FIFA’s official ticket agent, MATCH, via firstname.lastname@example.org.