09 June 2016
Reporter: Tammy Facey

Football fans better watch out

Football fans should be on wary of fake tickets, merchandise and betting during the 2016 UEFA European Championships, brand protection firm NetNames has urged.

NetNames said 1.8 million tickets to the European Championships have been sold through unofficial channels, some of which were priced at more than £10,000, with some sellers claiming they can “provide authentic tickets for all games” or “guarantee best tickets”, but have no link to UEFA.

Legitimate tickets are only sold through the UEFA EURO Portal.

Fake football shirts were also highlighted by NetNames as a hazard that travelling fans should avoid.

According to NetNames, counterfeit football shirts often contain dangerous toxins and are produced without being subject to industry regulatory standards.

Gary Mcllraith, CEO of NetNames, said: “Extremely low prices are often a sign that fake goods are being passed off as the real thing.”

Unofficial betting apps were also highlighted as a concern. NetNames said those planning to wager on the European Championships should be wary of rogue mobile apps, which can infect devices with viruses and steal personal data.

Mcllraith said: “Some people may be lured in these alternative betting platforms, which aim to entice them with odds on games that seem too good to be true. In most instances, winning bets will never be settled, however.”

“In any case, before you hand over any money, it is worth doing some simple research online about the reputation of the website or company, as user reviews will often expose ongoing scams.”

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