Online ticket fraud on the rise according to official figures

Figures rise as police unit designed to crack down on fraud is closed

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The number of complaints made to police about online ticket fraud has increased in 2012, it has been revealed.

Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and online crime reporting centre, claims that they have received 3,000 complaints in 2012 compared to just 600 in 2010.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Steve Profit of Action Fraud said that fans who have been affected by fraudulent ticketing companies must come forward to give police an accurate idea of the size of the problem. "Concert tickets are very very popular, people are desperate to see their favourite bands. People get desperate to see them and take risks on other websites," Profit said.

He added: "We need to know how many people are victims to this so that police can take action against these websites."

This increase has come at a time when police have closed Operation Podium, an initiative funded by the Olympics and created to crack down on the number of tickets being resold at the Games in London. A police spokesperson told NME that Operation Podium was not specifically designed to tackle the problem with bogus and fraudulent music ticket agencies, adding that the lessons learned by Podium may be transferred to teams dealing with the problems faced by fans buying fake tickets to music events.

Action Fraud did reveal that they received over 7,000 complaints in 2011. However the majority of those were linked to one company, which has since been closed down.

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