Hoax ticket website set up to 'scam' fans and bring fraud into the spotlight

More than 1500 people attempted to buy tickets from a fake website as police aim to shine the spotlight on ticket fraud.

Posted on 10 April 2017

Recently the City of London Police and Action Fraud, in partnership with Get Safe Online and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), have been working to show members of the public just how easy it is to be tricked into buying fake tickets online.

During a series of Facebook flash sales over 1,500 people tried to purchase music tickets from a fake ticket sales website called Surfed Arts.

Surfed Arts purported to be a secondary ticket provider and the Facebook adverts were targeted at people living in specific areas where there are sold out music events happening this summer, including Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars.

Those who clicked through to the Surfed Arts website were immediately told that they were not able to purchase the sold out event tickets and advised on how to protect themselves from falling victim to real ticket fraudsters in the future.

To find out more visit Surfed Arts: the spoof ticket fraud sale.

If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud or tel: 0300 123 2040.

For more advice around fraud, visit Stamp out Fraud.