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Hoax ticket website set up to ‘scam’ fans and bring fraud into the spotlight

3rd April 2017

  • More than 1,500 people tried to buy tickets from a fake website set up to raise awareness of fraud
  • More than 21,000 people have reported falling victim to ticket fraud in the last three years
  • More than £17million has been lost to ticket fraudsters in the last three years
  • Victims are most likely to be men in their twenties

More about the Surfed Arts campaign and how you can protect yourself from ticket fraudsters.


Recently Action Fraud and the City of London Police, in partnership with Get Safe Online and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), have been working to show members of the public just how easy it is to be tricked into buying fake tickets online. During a series of Facebook flash sales over 1,500 people tried to purchase music tickets from a fake ticket sales website called ‘Surfed Arts’.