Australian victims of an online scam has reported losses of more than $40,000 in the first few hours after the national hotline was open today at 9am AEST. It had received more than 30 calls, mostly from Victoria, as it collects information about the scam which the IOC received complaints from overseas victims.
Sports fans have said that the website in question was the US-based beijingticketing.com. Even the former NSW opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski was stung by the site after it first appeared on the popular Google search engine’s advertising.
The fake site is also reported to contain English grammatical errors. Victims who paid by credit cards can call their financial institutions to recoup the loss – while some may not be able to receive any compensation for the tickets.
People living in the state of New South Wales can contact the NSW Office of Fair Trading on 1800 055 555; while others can contact their local Office of Fair Trading for more information.