Beijing Olympics Ticketing Scam
Posted 8/13/08
Sports fans travelling to Beijing for the Olympics have been fleeced of tens of thousands of dollars in an elaborate global ticketing scam.

The website, www.beijingtickets.com, is being investigated after the International Olympic Committee received complaints from hundreds of people in Britain, the US and Australia who had handed over up to £30,000 for tickets to events in Beijing, only to find the tickets did not exist. The IOC is launching legal action in a Californian court today to shut down the site.

As of July 27, all events – except football matches outside Beijing – have been officially sold out. However the scam website was today still advertising hundreds of tickets for sale, including seats worth $2150 to this Friday’s opening ceremony.

The website features official-looking Olympic logos (which in itself is a breach of copyright) and is so professional looking it reportedly even fooled online fraud specialists.

It claims to have offices in London, New York and Sydney but these appear not to exist. The London telephone number continually rang out when the Times Online tried to phone this morning.

The website has previously been accused of fleecing British music fans in a similar scam. In March a newspaper investigation found that the site's parent company, XL & H Ltd had sold non-existent tickets to Take That fans for concerts in Manchester and Glasgow.

Among Olympic fans who have been duped is Texas-based travel agent Jolanta Sochacka who bought tickets for her family of seven through the site. When she asked a friend to check the address of the company in Phoenix, Arizona, the friend found an empty office that showed no sign of any company having based itself there.

An Australian victim, Kerry CHikarovski, is the former leader of the conservative Liberal Party in New South Wales.

Ms Chikarovski, who paid nearly $A300 (£150) for several tickets on her credit card, told a Sydney radio station that she initially went with the website because it had been the top ticketing site for the Beijing Olympics listed on Google in the past 11 months.

"It's incredibly professional," Ms Chikarovski told ABC Radio today.

"I'm not surprised that people like me believed it was real - it's just incredibly sophisticated.”

The British Olympic Committee said in March that it was working with Chinese Olympic officials and the IOC to crack down on rogue ticket traders.


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Posted 8/13/08 , edited 8/13/08
Beijing Olympics has so many holes.
I pity the Chinese people, getting their name stained by hell-sent faggots.
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yeah man, this random dude spent 25 grand on one lol
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whats with china and all the scams?? dammit i am sick of china.
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yeah man, this random dude spent 25 grand on one lol


is that a new policy called random pricing? lol
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what the fuck is your problem with the Olympics?

Nothing ever goes to plan, and this is not the first, so just leave it out will ya.

and it's one of the biggest yet so things are bound to crop up.

and it's called common sense that tell's you if a ticket is actually worth £25k.
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Now I'm curious what scams would pop out next...
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stop making fucking stupid threads already!
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Hey good notification. Thanks for it. Something good to know at least.
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wow...
lots have been going on lately.
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Chance16 wrote:
it's called common sense that tell's you if a ticket is actually worth £25k.


the dude who bought that £25k worth ticket is just plain stupid.
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LOLKI41 wrote:

the dude who bought that £25k worth ticket is just plain stupid.


like this dude.



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Too much Olympic threads. Anyway I will hope the Committee will stop this scam, I wish China increase security to stop the scam but I cant blame them. We all cant be 100% Anti Scam.

Although, there been hacker and terrorist who want to attack Olympic. In this BBC post, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7548870.stm


The volume of junk e-mail messages with an Olympic theme spiked prior to the opening ceremony, said Symantec.

The malicious messages try to trick people into visiting fake sites or opening booby-trapped e-mail attachments, say other firms.

Some messages falsely claim users have won an Olympic lottery and encourage them to respond to claim their prize.
. It is possible that the Beijing site have been hacked and fraud 100 peoples?
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Op has nuked. If anyone would like to recreate this thread, they're more than welcome to.


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