How it works:
- Version 1: ticket touts outside theatres concert grounds sell tickets claiming it’s in the VIP zone and charge accordingly, when it is not.
- Version 2: selling fake tickets. One trick is to print multiple copies of an e-ticket and sell it to many unknowing victims.
- Version 3: besides theatre tickets, fake tickets for events such as concerts and sports have been sold too. For instance, in 6 months in 2015, £1.3m was lost to fake tickets.
- Version 4: besides unofficial street touts, there are fake ticket selling sites (e.g. GetSporting, CircleTickets) and fake listings (e.g. on Craigslist, Gumtree) as well.
Places to beware:
- London: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square
What to do:
- Book directly: with theatres, online with visitlondon.com, or agents from STAR (The Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers).
- TKTS booth on Leicester Square: last minute discounted tickets.
- Using a London Pass - up to 40% discount for theatre tickets + discounted tickets for other tourist attractions.
- For other events: make sure to only buy from official sources or official retailers.