If you encounter anyone with a sudden last-minute urge to jet off to Rio and catch some of the Olympic action, you might advise them to heed a warning from the British consumer organisation Which?
Which?, the counterpart of CHOICE in Australia, is warning consumers to avoid buying Rio Olympics tickets from unauthorised websites.
It has pointed a finger at one site in particular, CHOICE says.
“The website bookriogames2016.com seems to have figured out how to outrank authorised sites like CoSport in Google searches, but it may be setting ticket buyers up for a rude shock upon arrival in Rio. (cosport.com.au is the only authorised ticker seller in Australia.)
“According to Rio Olympics 2016 rules, Olympics-goers won’t be let in if they show up with tickets purchased from unofficial sites. Tickets are non-transferable – they can only be used by the people who bought them or by their friends, colleagues and family. The long and short of it is that buying from an unauthorised seller or reseller is a risky move.”
Which? says bookriogames2016.com is registered to a proxy address that has been linked to scams in the past. It is offering ticket deals in breach of Rio 2016’s rules, such as lots of 20 instead of the official limit of four.
“Adding insult to injury, the unauthorised tickets also come with a price premium,” says CHOICE head of media Tom Godfrey.
“Purchasing Category A tickets to the Opening Ceremony through the official Rio Olympic site costs AUD 1882.21, compared to AUD 2891.64 through the unauthorised seller.” Details from CHOICE here.
Edited by Peter Needham