Scam warning: Fans buying All-Ireland tickets urged to meet seller at garda station
Fans buying All-Ireland football final tickets from unknown sellers are being urged to meet them at a garda station to avoid being scammed, writes Fiona Ellis.
As reports of bogus tickets and unscrupulous sellers flood in, gardai are advising football fans not to transfer money into the bank account of someone they don't know ahead of the Dublin v Mayo final clash.
"We are aware of one definite incident in Waterford involving All-Ireland final tickets," a garda spokesperson confirmed. "It is understood the tickets were being sold online. It is under investigation and we're asking people to report similar incidents."
Tickets have been changing hands online for extraordinary sums of money. On eBay yesterday, bidding reached fever pitch with two stand tickets selling for €1,210, and a few minutes later two more went for €820.
Two premium tickets had a starting price of €2,000.
Earlier this week, Croke Park chiefs launched a crackdown on black market activity by cancelling corporate tickets they acquired after they ended up in the hands of touts.
Gardai urged fans to proceed with caution when buying tickets online.
"Be cautious when buying anything online. If they have any suspicions at all, people should contact their local garda station and it will be fully investigated. And if they find they have been the victim of fraud they should immediately contact the gardai.
"We recommend buyers and sellers to meet in a public place like outside their local garda station," he said.
Dublin GAA fan Phillip Noonan (27) has been trying desperately to get a ticket for the final. He is willing to pay up to €200 for a ticket.
"One lad wanted €900 for two Hill tickets. Another lad wanted €1,185 for two tickets," he said.
He was also contacted by a seller from Glasgow who offered him four tickets for €600 but cut off contact when Phillip said he could get someone to collect them in person instead of paying through Western Union or FedEx.
"The GAA is supposed to be all about community but some people are seeing it as a way to make a quick buck," he said.