Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, said it received 4,755 complaints of ticket fraud between April 1, 2018 and April 30, this year.
Director Pauline Smith said: “Fraudsters take advantage when music and sports fans are keen to get tickets for high-profile events.
“This is why it’s so important that people are vigilant and aware that there are fraudsters all over the globe trying to make money out of innocent victims.
“To avoid disappointment, always buy tickets from an official event organiser or website and if you are tempted to buy from a secondary ticket source, always research the company or the person online before making the purchase.”
Fake websites often have URLs similar to that of a genuine site, and ticket-buyers are advised to double check the web address, ensuring it starts with
“https” and displays a locked padlock icon.
Scotland Yard detectives warned counterfeit tickets were being sold around the Oval yesterday as India took on Australia in the Cricket World Cup, a fixture which they won.
The force tweeted: “Please do not buy tickets for events from non-official vendors.”