Ticket fraud is where a purchaser believes they are buying a ticket for an event and the ticket either does not exist or is counterfeit. This type of fraud is primarily committed online and can be hard to trace as tickets go on sale months in advance of the event date.
Purchasers often don’t realise they are victims until the event date arrives and they have not received their ticket or they are denied entry to the event due to their ticket being counterfeit.
3,860 ticket frauds have been reported to Action Fraud since inception, 75% of which were committed online. Victims are lured in by legitimate looking websites, advertising tickets to popular or sold out events, and pay for the tickets online using a debit or credit card. The victim is told the tickets will not arrive until a few weeks before the event, which is standard industry practice. However, when the tickets do not arrive closer to the event date the victims try unsuccessfully to contact the seller and normally find that the website has disappeared.
Organised Crime Groups are targeting students to act as money mules and to facilitate other types of account fraud. Students are being approached, often via e-mail, and offered employment as “Payment Processing Agents”, “Money Transfer Agents” or “Administration Assistants”, mistaking these for legitimate job opportunities.
The student’s bank account is then set up as a mule account, funds are paid in which they are then instructed to transfer to another bank account, often overseas. They are then either paid a percentage of the funds transferred, or are paid a wage.
This process essentially facilitates the washing and layering of money which may actually be the proceeds of crime and therefore comes with the risk of prosecution and a possible prison sentence.
Food delivery fraud relates to food produce suppliers across Europe receiving fabricated purchase orders, purporting to be from genuine restaurants and food distribution companies in the UK.
Losses can vary considerably but often run into hundreds of thousands of Pounds or Euros.
E-mails are received by suppliers located across Europe from offenders impersonating legitimate UK based companies. The domain names used by the offenders are similar to the ones used by the legitimate company and the e-mail often contains the names of senior employees within the legitimate company. The e-mail will seek to gain a line of credit for food produce or other products with the promise of developing a future business relationship.
The European supplier will be provided with a delivery address. This location will then either be changed at short notice or the delivery will be met and diverted to a different location. The fraud will not be discovered until the supplier has invoiced the legitimate UK Company who has no knowledge of the order.
For more information on the fight against fraud, please visit the NFIB website.
Or to report a fraud.