Social media must do more to tackle online fraud

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Social media must do more to tackle online fraud

Social media sites must do more to tackle online ticket fraud, after being used for nearly half of all such scams last year, councils have warned.

Sports and music fans have been warned by Trading Standards teams to beware of fake tickets for sale this summer.
Major events, including Euro 2016 and music festivals, are expected to be targeted by fraudsters.
In 2015, £5.2m was lost by customers, police figures suggested – a 55% rise from the previous year.
Online ticket fraud revenue had been £3.35m in 2014, police said.

Targets for ticket fraud this year could also include Wembley concerts by Beyonce, Rihanna, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen, music festivals such as Glastonbury, and sporting events including Wimbledon, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

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