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Police Cautions Music Fans against Concert Ticket Scammers

Yorkshire police have asked music buffs to watch out for online ticket scalpers following the conning of two teenagers.

Devious online frauds have been victimizing unsuspecting targets in North and East Yorkshire, as per a cautionary from a senior policeman. Extremely clever touts have duped young music buffs, whilst 'phishers' are attempting to garner information about the bank accounts of individuals.

In two different incidents, two customers from Harrogate in North Yorkshire lost nearly US$ 200 each while trying to purchase online tickets for the Leeds festival. After reaching the locale to pick up their tickets, they found they had been duped. These two charges plus several others related to the festival are being handled by the West Yorkshire Police.

According to Detective Inspector Kevin Ross's statement, reported by thisisthenortheast on September 9, 2007, the fraud operates this way - when the user insert the show's name into his Web search engine, he will be directed to several extremely slick-looking sites selling tickets, albeit overpriced than the authorized sites. The sites look wonderful and legal, but they are counterfeit. So individuals have to remain extra careful and comprehend that they are contending with ticket touts.

In fact, when the user reads the fine print on these sites, he will discover that what he is purchasing isn't even a ticket; rather it's an assurance to try and find him a ticket, said Kevin.

In the meantime, trading standards officials are alerting people of East Yorkshire to watch out for telephonic and email frauds. The caveat against alleged "phishing" follows attempts made by the fraudsters to induce East Riding dwellers to divulge personal details like bank account and card number particulars.

According to the Yorkshire Council's trading standards manager Colin Briggs' statement reported by Thisisyork on September 10, 2007, users should not reveal their bank account particulars in response to unauthentic requests either made telephonically or via emails. Financial institutions never solicit personal details about accounts through unwanted messages or telephone calls.

In case the user feels he has divulged his bank or credit card information to a defrauder, he should notify his building society, bank or credit card firms immediately, advised Briggs.

Related article: Police Arrests Six Suspects Associated With TJX Credit Scam

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