The ACCC is warning Australian consumers to beware of dodgy websites selling tickets to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
In its annual ‘International Internet Sweep’ the consumer regulator said its review of more than 1400 websites indicated online ticketing had emerged as an area of concern.
"In this year's Sweep, the ACCC identified an unauthorised site offering tickets for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa at www.worldcupticketing.com,” Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Peter Kell said in a statement.
“The ACCC is working with FIFA and MATCH Services to protect Australian consumers from such sites. MATCH Services is FIFA's agent for Cup ticketing and looks after the ticketing enforcement program.”
The Sweep also identified the proliferation of business opportunities marketed as 'recession proof' and a way to a substantial income with limited effort; unsubstantiated health claims and cures; and sports investment sites that promise easy returns, as common themes for websites of concern.
The Internet Sweep is coordinated by the ACCC as part of its work within the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), a network of consumer protection law enforcement authorities from more than 40 countries.
"The Internet Sweep highlights the importance of cross border cooperation to combat these types of online scams," Kell said. "Enforcement agencies from around the globe are increasingly working together through organisations like ICPEN to combat internet fraud.”