Aussies caught in Beijing ticket scam

Thousands of sports fans worldwide have been scammed by a fake Olympic ticketing website. www.beijingticketing.com is the site at the centre of the furore.

Thousands of sports fans worldwide have been scammed by a fake Olympic ticketing website. www.beijingticketing.com is the site at the centre of the furore.

The site claims to have offices in Sydney, London and New York – but currently no records exist for offices in these locations. Some Aussie customers have handed over more than $60,000 for tickets that they now fear do not exist…

Whilst Olympic officials are still scrambling to shut down the website, the people behind the scam appear to have vanished…

Further investigation has revealed the website had an office registered in Phoenix Arizona, however the office has been deserted for some time.

It’s not just regular consumers that have been duped, several travel agents have fallen victim to the scammers.

According to reports in the Australian, Texas-based travel agent, Jolanta Sochacka, is one of the scam’s biggest victims. Sochacka told today’s Los Angeles Times newspaper she purchased $60,600 worth of tickets for a family of seven but has not sighted the tickets.

“I’ve been in business for 18 years, I’m aware that there’s fraud out there,” Sochacka told the LA Times.”But they looked so legitimate, their website was so elaborate.”



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