It is estimated that 10% of people in the UK have been affected by Ticket Fraud, a black industry which, online alone, is estimated to amount to around £168million per year!
With the run-up to the 2012 Olympics, the Metropolitan Police are concentrating on ticket fraud, both on-line and through more traditional routes (the street tout) but more needs to be done to make sure that users do not fall foul of the sophisticated scams out there.
To this end, STAR, the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers, has launched a new kitemark to replace their old logo (see our previous BLOG entry to compare old and new) in order to give users confidence that they are buying from a safe supplier and will actually get the tickets that they pay for!
“It is the show of strength that the entertainment ticketing industry has been waiting for,” said Jonathan Brown, Secretary of STAR. “Ticket fraud is an industry-wide problem and we needed an industry-wide solution to tackle it head on.” The kitemark is supported by major entertainment organisations such as the Concert Promoters Association, the National Arenas Association and The Society of London Theatre.
SeatChoice is operated by Dynamic Listing Ltd, an Affiliate member of STAR and we have always made it clear on our site when we are using STAR or non-STAR suppliers, including giving advice on safe use of the ticket reseller market – buy tickets safely through SteaChoice.