Met Police and London 2012 warn over dodgy Olympic tickets

LONDON 2012 chiefs have joined forces with the Met Police to clamp down on ticket touts wanting to cash in on the Olympics.

Authorities fear many fans will be scanned, conned or have their personal details stolen as they try to buy tickets from illegal sites.

The Met Police’s Operation Podium has today announced an official link-up with LOCOG to prevent the sellers.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Downing, in charge of Operation Podium said: “London 2012 tickets will be in huge demand. This demand gives criminals greater opportunity to run scams, sell non existent tickets and even steal your personal and credit card details to use in other crimes.

“Don’t let this happen to you. Follow our simple and easy advice to make sure the ticket you buy is real.”

The ticket application process opens on March 15 and fans have until April 26 to apply for tickets through LOCOG as they are not allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The only way to apply for a ticket in the UK is at the London2012 website, with games breaks and hospitality packages only available through Thomas Cook, Prestige Travel and Jet Set Travel.

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Any tickets for sale before March 15 are not genuine and should be reported to the police.

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