"[quote name='Markland' date='16th Jun 2012 10:57 post='3~203252'#] 1 person in 12 in the UK is affected by ticket fraud"
Actually, it is only a guesstimate by the OFT that one in twelve tickets for music festitvals is fake. Yes, I know that's one in twelve too many, but we must get these things in perspective.
Anyone who only reads the Red Tops would be forgiven for thinking that the phone-hacking scandal is about what the latest pop singer said to her boyfriend. People who are more interested in current affairs realise this story is actually about how much influence a newspaper baron has on government policy. That is something which affects 100% of the population - and that isn't a guesstimate, that's a fact. So, if the police spend more man-power on that than anything else it's in the interest of us all.
One in 12 music festival tickets fake, says OFT
Duped fans lose average of £80
07 July 2010
Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning that one in 12 tickets sold for all UK music festivals are fakes.
According to the consumer watchdog, highly organised, mafia-style gangs are using websites that mimic those used by both bands and festivals in order to dupe music fans. The figures - from an unpublished study of ticket frauds at all of last year's music festivals - also reveals that people deceived lost an average of £80.
The above is pasted from the "Which" website. Don't shoot me - as I said, it's only a guesstimate. I'm always suspicious of surveys which haven't questioned me or anyone I know !!
1 person in 12 in the UK is affected by ticket fraud
This is slightly misleading. I doubt if one person in twelve in the UK has ever even bought a ticket, never mind been affected by ticket fraud. Perhaps it should read "1 person in 12 in the UK who has bought a festival ticket is affected by ticket fraud". Otherwise it looks like 5 million people have been affected. Somehow I don't think this is correct.
The figures would then make sense and a figure of 5 million people, given the sheer scale of some of the ticket frauds over the last few years, would not be impossible to reach
The figures quoted were for one year only (2009) - I don't think 5,000,000 is correct!!