New Zealand Cricket warns of scam tick­ets

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News - Laura Wilt­shire

If you are plan­ning to head to McLean Park this sum­mer for a cricket match, watch out for scam tick­ets, New Zealand Cricket warns.

NZC said it had been made aware of fake and coun­ter­feit tick­ets be­ing sold on con­tro­ver­sial on­line re­seller site Vi­a­gogo, com­plete with inflated prices, in­cor­rect en­try in­for­ma­tion and slightly al­tered de­sign graph­ics.

It said fans should only buy through au­tho­rised seller Tick­etek to avoid be­ing left out of pocket.

The warn­ings fol­low those raised for other events in New Zealand such as in­clud­ing All Blacks tests, ASB Clas­sic ten­nis, and con­certs from Ce­line Dion, Ed Sheeran, Sha­nia Twain and Bruno Mars.

A spokesman for NZC, Gra­ham Parks, said cricket fans want­ing to get out and sup­port the Black Caps and White Ferns this sum­mer should avoid pur­chas­ing tick­ets from any seller apart from Tick­etek, whether on­line or at the venue.

“It’s al­ready been brought to our at­ten­tion that there are coun­ter­feit tick­ets be­ing sold on the Vi­a­gogo site for highly inflated prices — as much as $90 per ticket.

“The last thing NZC wants to see is cricket fans be­ing ripped off and dis­ap­pointed by un­scrupu­lous re­sellers.

“The best way to avoid that is to buy through the au­tho­rised agents.”

He said bona fide tick­ets were avail­able via Tick­etek’s web­site, its mo­bile app, call cen­tres, or at its in-venue kiosks.

He also wanted peo­ple to be aware of peo­ple sell­ing adult tick­ets at what seemed like bar­gain prices, as they may be scam­mers.

“We no­ticed last sum­mer peo­ple had been on-sold or had bought chil­dren’s tick­ets un­der the mis­taken be­lief they would ad­mit an adult.

“It’s some­thing we now have to mon­i­tor at all games.”

PHOTO / PAUL TAY­LOR

NZC are warn­ing peo­ple to buy tick­ets only from Tick­etek to avoid be­ing left out of pocket.

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