Barclays warns fans over ticket scammers for Europa League final

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by Mark Johnson

Barclays Bank has warned fans seeking tickets for the Europa League final via third parties or social media not to fall victim to scammers.

The warning comes ahead of the all British team finals in Madrid and Baku - between London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea - as football fans scramble for the showpiece. 

The effective all-London derby will take place in Baku and then the winners will play last year’s winners in Madrid, according to UEFA data.

The bank said that, with tickets expected to fetch up to £600 for the games, the rush is set to leave fans vulnerable to scammers. 

“With football fans on the lookout for tickets to witness a piece of history, scammers are waiting on the side lines, ready to take advantage”, said Ross Martin, Barclays Head of Digital Safety. 

“Fans should look out for warning signs and be aware of the risks when purchasing tickets, especially through a third-party site or social media. 

“Although fans will be desperate to bag their dream ticket, it’s important they don’t let their guard down and ensure that this once in a lifetime experience is not ruined by the bad guys.”

Barclays five top tips to show fraudsters the red card:

Scout the opposition 

Do your research and make sure you are purchasing your ticket from a legitimate source. You can check whether the website or agent is legitimate by making sure they are a member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), and that they are listed as an approved ticket seller on the event or competition’s official website. You can also use search engines to check out other customers’ feedback, and see if anyone else has had problems in the past.

Keep an eye on the ball 

According to Barclays research, three in ten (29 per cent) would dip into their savings to bag a ticket to an event and a quarter (25 per cent) of 18-24-year-olds would even pay the equivalent they would pay for a holiday. Scammers target the most vulnerable, and if their targets appear willing to go to extreme lengths, including paying more than the original price, they will take advantage of this.

Is it too good to be true? 

If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers will often lure people in with heavily discounted prices for sought after events – just like the Champions League and Europa League Final. If you do fall victim, report this to your bank straight away.

Build a wall 

Do not let security measures slip as you try to get that elusive ticket. Remember, always look out for the padlock symbol in the web address to ensure the website is legitimate. If this symbol is not there, do not continue to payment or enter any of your personal details.

Don’t let scammers give you the run-around

Scammers love bank transfers; the money goes straight into their account and then the seller can disappear. By the time you realise that something is wrong, it may be too late. Always try and pay via credit card as this provides added protection over other payment methods.

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