Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) is urging sport and concert goers to protect themselves against illegal ticket scamming and scalping, following the recent release of a report by Australia’s consumer watchdog.
Australians are currently losing around $300 million a year online by purchasing fake or rescinded tickets to high profile live performances, according to the ACCC.
Live Performance Australia (LPA), the peak body representing local producers and promoters, has recently released a guide for consumers to avoid fake tickets, and make purchases securely and safely.
The “Safe Tix Guide – Tips for buying tickets safely and securely” offers advice on how consumers can ensure they’re buying tickets from a reputable source, and how to get their money back if they don’t receive the tickets they paid for.
One of the key recommendations is to always use a debit or credit card when purchasing, rather than depositing money into a bank account.
Consumers are also warned not to trust search engines because unauthorised sellers can pay to be first in the list of ticket sellers.
Ultimately LPA encourages consumers to report fakes to the police and their local consumer protection agencies so they can investigate and take legal action.
M&OP has an experienced in-house ticketing team who seamlessly manage all ticket requirements for hirers, in conjunction with its exclusive ticketing partner, Ticketek.
Tickets purchased through any other sources may not be valid and you may not be admitted into the show.