A lot of my friends follow football passionately and one of them is a big Chelsea fan. One Saturday he had a bit of free time so decided to head to the stadium a few hours before kick-off to see if he could get a ticket.
Unfortunately, when he got to the ticket office, he was informed that the game was sold out so getting a ticket was virtually impossible. As he left, a taxi pulled up and the driver leaned through the window to speak to him. He asked if he was looking for a ticket and my friend, of course, said ‘yes’. The driver pulled one out of his glovebox and offered it to him for £20, to which my friend accepted as it looked and felt like real ticket.
At the ground a while later, my friend put the ticket through the scanner and a red light flashed on the machine; it had been rejected. He was informed that this ticket had already been cancelled and refunded so he couldn’t enter. It turned out that the taxi driver had sold him a void ticket, so had received money for nothing.
This is a common scam in England and people should beware of buying tickets from unofficial sources.