Adverts for London 2012 Olympics tickets may be fraudulent, warn police

17:34 17 March 2012

Police have issued a warning for the public not to get ripped off by adverts for Olympic and Paralympic Games tickets which have appeared in national media.

The adverts just feature a mobile phone number or email address to contact for more information.

Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, from Operation Podium, the Met’s team tackling crime around the Olympics, said: “Please do not attempt to buy tickets from adverts such as these as you risk paying over the odds for tickets that may not exist and your personal details may be stolen and used in other crimes.

“The safest way to buy tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is from the London 2012 website. On this site you will find the most up-to-date information about tickets, future Olympic and Paralympic Games ticket sales and the London 2012 website checker.”

Police ask that anyone who has tried to buy a ticket in this way contact Operation Podium at OperationPodium@met.pnn.police.uk

It is illegal to advertise or sell an Olympic or Paralympic Games ticket without authorisation from the event organisers Locog and there is a fine of up to £20,000 for each offence.

Related articles

Latest Stories

The Shomrim Patrol member found this chilling graffiti in Upper Clapton [Photo by @ShomrimOfficial]

Police are investigating after two swastikas were found daubed on a wall in Hackney.

Read more
Is this the ugliest new building in Britain, never mind London? [Photo by George Rex under a Creative Commons license]

You might have heard of the Stirling Prize for beautiful buildings – now get ready for the Carbuncle Cup, honouring the ugliest new building of the year!

Read more
16:59
Julie Sillitoe

A taxi driver crushed to death by falling masonry only went out to work in “horrendous” weather to pay for her beloved husband’s birthday present.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more