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who not only demand exorbitant prices but are often not even in possession of the tickets they purport to have for Thousands of fans have bought tickets for England games Unofficial websites illegally selling Euro 2016 tickets could leave fans being refused entry. Which? has warned. In a statement Uefa said: "No tickets for individual football fans are being distributed via agencies or brokers. 6/6/2016 8:57 AM .Euro 2016: Fans warned over illegal tickets . Fraud and fakes Under the rules of tournament organisers Uefa tickets cannot be sold on except through its official resale site. Which? said it had contacted several websites to ask why they were selling tickets in breach of Uefa's rules and why they were not warning consumers of the risks involved in buying tickets." said Alex Neill. Rules by the European football body Uefa mean ticket-holders are likely to need photo ID to get into grounds.BBC News 2 of 13 http://www. "If you haven't bought your ticket directly from an official source there is no guarantee that you'll be able to get into the game and you could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket." The final batch of match tickets went on sale on Friday through its official ticket sales website. Buyers have also been told to bring photo ID to gain entry to which won't match the name on the ticket if it is an unofficial one. and Uefa encourages fans not to be lured into deals with touts. The investigation by the consumer group found tickets on unofficial secondary sites selling for up to £5. Which? has also warned of scam sites being set up to trick fans out of their cash. It said it had received no reply from any of the sites. Tickets can only be bought legally through Uefa itself.000. Which? director of policy and campaigns.

" said Mr Blackburn.Euro 2016: Fans warned over illegal tickets . Buying tickets If you have bought a ticket that hasn't turned up. or you suspect to be fake.BBC News 3 of 13 http://www. by not communicating the seat location. rather than by credit or debit card The site may have been set up not long before the sporting event. chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board. If you discover a fraudulent ticket sales site you can report it to the 6/6/2016 8:57 AM . as you may be able to get your money original face value of the ticket and any restrictions on the ticket. often in large quantities The site may be unresponsive or difficult to contact There may be a high number of online complaints about the site from previous users You may be asked to pay by wire transfer. Which? advises. The tell-tale signs that a website might be selling tickets unofficially The site may be offering tickets outside of official channels. said: "Social media sites now account for nearly half of all ticket scams and they need to do more to help prevent people being conned paying for tickets on their sites. "People should be very wary of ticket offers for 'sold out' events as these situations are exploited by Which? also pointed out that tickets are being sold on the sites and others in breach of the Consumer Rights Act 2015. contact your credit card provider immediately. Fraud crackdown Last month the Local Government Association called on social media sites to do more to crack down on online ticket fraud. Simon Blackburn.

please include a contact telephone them to be counterfeit and him out of pocket and out of the match. upload them Email your pictures to yourpics@bbc.Euro 2016: Fans warned over illegal tickets . On average. Or comment here: 6/6/2016 8:57 AM . If you are willing to speak further to a BBC journalist. which he thought were genuine. If you are outside the UK. tweet them to @BBC_HaveYourSay or text 61124.000 cases of ticket fraud were reported to Action Fraud between May and October last year. Football fans are constantly target by illegal ticket sellers. He met the seller to buy the tickets. but later noticed the hologram on the tickets had peeled off . send them to the international number +44 7624 800 100. customers who bought fake tickets lost £444 per Read our terms and Are you affected by the issues raised in this story? You can share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.BBC News 4 of 13 Citizens Advice consumer helpline by calling 03454 04 05 06. Almost 3. The LGA reported that last month a Liverpool fan was conned out of £700 by scammers selling fake Europa League final tickets on

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