Sports – some of us love it, some of us hate it. Some of us love doing it, some of us love watching others do it. To those in the latter category, following the Olympic games live on the spot might be a dream come true, and that – of course – interests scammers.
Some time ago the UK police gave a warning of several websites offering fraudulent tickets to the Olympic and Paralympics, which the buyer will most likely never receive. Police advises victims of the fraud to contact the company they tried to buy the tickets from, and contact the payment provider immediately.
The sites were:
Our community had been one step ahead. The sites were marked with red ratings, and here are some examples of scorecard comments left for the sites in question:
“Site is advertising tickets for events such as festivals, they do NOT have these tickets!”
“deceived us until very last minute that tickets would arrive before match and then called 10 minutes before start to say – we have no tickets! Why did they need to eliminate any chance for us to buy on open market – just to use our money for 3 months and then spit in our face.”
“Site offers tickets for London 2012 but is not authorised to do so.
If they have acquired tickets then it is ethically abhorrent when UK individuals were so restricted in doing so. If they dont have tickets then they are just scammers. Either way this is a farce and sites like this are risky and should be avoided.”
This case shows the core of WOT:
Millions of users share their online experiences, so others don’t have to fall victim to the same scam.
Speed and agility
Millions of eyes see more and faster than one. In this case, the mass rating tool came in handy allowing experienced users to alert others quickly about unauthorized sites.
You would like to know which sites selling Olympics ticket you can trust, wouldn’t you?