Wednesday 17 January 2018

Beware Polish scammers offer zlotys for euros, Irish fans are warned

Fiach Kelly in Gdansk

IRISH fans in Gdansk were warned today to beware of scam artists offering to exchange euros for Polish zlotys.

The zloty notes being handed back by the scammers are frauds, and the Irish consulate has been contacted by people who have lost money, with a top amount of €100.

As thousands of Irish fans descended on Gdansk this lunchtime for tonight's crucial Euro 2012 game against Spain, tickets were like gold dust.

However, there is little evidence so far of touts selling - in contrast to the last Sunday, when tickets for the game against Croatia were easily available a little above face value.

The weather in the city is overcast, with dark clouds threatening.

Supporters are cautiously optimistic, with many predicting a draw, which would keep the tournament alive for Ireland.

Nine Pedal to Poland cyclists on a fundraising trip have just arrived, but some of their number are also ticketless.

But one biker - Stephen McArdle (37) from Dublin - won one in a raffle in the Irish team hotel this morning.

"They had around 20 and you put your name in a bag," a delighted Stephen said. "Mine was drawn out near the end."

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