Scammers are cynically targeting football fans and taking advantage of their allegiance to their clubs. This fans story is typical –
‘I bought my tickets from a reputable source and paid using my credit card. The tickets were for a home game in the league, against another premiership club. The tickets looked absolutely genuine and I didn’t suspect a thing. It’s the perfect con.
On the day of the match I presented my tickets and everything seemed fine. The trouble started when I got to my seat. I was expecting to see about £500m worth of football talent on the pitch, but the manager was resting everyone ahead of a cup game. So I paid out big bucks to watch what is effectively the second team. I’m out of pocket and there’s nothing I can do – apart from warning other fans about this terrible scam.’
All the names in this story have been changed, to protect Chelsea FC.