With the All-Ireland football final just over a week away, the ticket scramble is intensifying. With Mayo chasing their first title since 1951, hype in the county is hitting fever pitch, while Dublin’s success in recent years has ensured a rise in their popularity as fans face a rush to secure a spot in Croke Park on Sunday week.
Unfortunately, as is frequently the case with such popular sporting events, there are ticketing scams occurring.
Today, the PSNI have released a statement, warning fans of an issue currently being reported of fans sending cash to an address in Antrim, and not receiving tickets in return.
“Police are warning the public to be aware of a current ticketing fraud. Over the past week we have received numerous reports of the public being approached by a fraudster offering GAA All-Ireland final tickets online.
“This male claims to be from Antrim GAA and is clear when people contact him to purchase these the money has to be sent in cash. Numerous people from all over Ireland have sent cash to addresses in Belfast without receiving tickets in return. The addresses the monies have been issued to have ranged through all parts of Belfast.
“Scammers are inventive and can be very convincing. Their singular aim is to gain access to your money and they will employ just about any tactic to do so, from purporting to represent businesses and government agencies to claiming to be fundraising for charity. Always be wary of any individual that cold calls you and be especially suspicious of anyone who asks for money, banking or credit card information. It is highly unusual for any legitimate company or organisation to demand money over the phone.
“Guarding your personal and banking details is essential. Never disclose them to any unauthorised person.”
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, as we hear from Mícheal Donoghue and Derek McGrath and we reflect on the All-Ireland final.