What has happened
There have been various complaints and enquiries to FIFA about non-authorised ticket sales platforms. These companies can't guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled.
This means anyone who buys these tickets is at risk of spending money (for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty of actually being able to get into the matches.
What you should do
- don’t take the risk - tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be bought directly from FIFA
- a FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the World Cup stadiums
- be cautious if using a third party to get your FAN ID - you may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised (more information is available on the FAN ID website)
- visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud
- For useful advice and information on the World Cup, go to the government guidance pages
If you've been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, call the PSNI on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.