Watch out for fake Olympics 2012 tickets

WITH just one week to go until the ticketing process for the Olympic Games opens, new advice has been launched to make sure it is the criminals who miss out.

The rise in the use of the internet to purchase tickets and accommodation packages online, coupled with the huge expected demand, has given criminals new opportunities to sell non-existent tickets and steal personal and credit card details to use in other crimes.

More than eight million tickets will be made available for the Olympic Games and a further two million for the Paralympics.

The ticket process for the Olympic Games opens on March 15 and runs until April 26.

Chief Superintendent David Griffith from Dorset Police said: “The 2012 Games will be one of the biggest sporting events this country has ever hosted, with nearly 11million tickets available for events right across the country.

“Criminals will be looking for ways to con and steal, either through selling fake tickets or setting up professional looking sites which may look honest, but could leave you a victim.

“There is some easy-to-follow advice which will help keep you safe and ensure you can enjoy the Games next year.”

The only way to apply for a ticket online in the UK is through London 2012’s official website at tickets.london2012.com. Postal applications can be obtained from Lloyds TSB branches. Tickets can be refunded through the London 2012 official ticket exchange.

The only three official providers for Games breaks and hospitality is by Thomas Cook, Prestige Travel and Jet Set Travel.

Other websites or companies will not be authorised to sell tickets as part of a package in the UK.

Outside of the UK London 2012 tickets are sold through the country’s National Olympic Committee, or their authorised retailer.

Tickets offered for sale before March 15, 2011 are not genuine and should be reported to Dorset Police or London 2012 via brandprotection@london2012.com

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10:42am Wed 9 Mar 11

iampuzzled says...

Why would this be in the Echo, we from Weymouth don't need tickets to visit public open spaces at any time of the year, why should it be any different for 2 weeks in 2012?
We are hardly likely to buy ANY tickets, never mind fraudulent ones.
It seems to have gone quiet from the council about closing off the Nothe, as far as I am aware, they haven't removed the illegal notice stating that the Nothe may be closed at any time (a traffic order must be issued by DCC to make it legal).
Why would this be in the Echo, we from Weymouth don't need tickets to visit public open spaces at any time of the year, why should it be any different for 2 weeks in 2012? We are hardly likely to buy ANY tickets, never mind fraudulent ones. It seems to have gone quiet from the council about closing off the Nothe, as far as I am aware, they haven't removed the illegal notice stating that the Nothe may be closed at any time (a traffic order must be issued by DCC to make it legal). iampuzzled
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10:57am Wed 9 Mar 11

Terrasfan says...

iampuzzled wrote:
Why would this be in the Echo, we from Weymouth don't need tickets to visit public open spaces at any time of the year, why should it be any different for 2 weeks in 2012?
We are hardly likely to buy ANY tickets, never mind fraudulent ones.
It seems to have gone quiet from the council about closing off the Nothe, as far as I am aware, they haven't removed the illegal notice stating that the Nothe may be closed at any time (a traffic order must be issued by DCC to make it legal).
Far from Quiet I am afraid. There is a public display of the intentions to be held at Nothe Fort at the end of next week for 3 days. The plans include applications to put up Marquee's etc, this process is part of the planning procedure, the application will then go forward at the end of this month-----(to be approved of course)
[quote][p][bold]iampuzzled[/bold] wrote: Why would this be in the Echo, we from Weymouth don't need tickets to visit public open spaces at any time of the year, why should it be any different for 2 weeks in 2012? We are hardly likely to buy ANY tickets, never mind fraudulent ones. It seems to have gone quiet from the council about closing off the Nothe, as far as I am aware, they haven't removed the illegal notice stating that the Nothe may be closed at any time (a traffic order must be issued by DCC to make it legal).[/p][/quote]Far from Quiet I am afraid. There is a public display of the intentions to be held at Nothe Fort at the end of next week for 3 days. The plans include applications to put up Marquee's etc, this process is part of the planning procedure, the application will then go forward at the end of this month-----(to be approved of course) Terrasfan
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11:21am Wed 9 Mar 11

Duckorange says...

Here's a link to tell LOCOG exactly what you think about closing the Nothe for the games: http://bit.ly/gmeHJW
Here's a link to tell LOCOG exactly what you think about closing the Nothe for the games: http://bit.ly/gmeHJW Duckorange
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12:00pm Wed 9 Mar 11

585 says...

Another link
http://survey.london
2012.com/survey/3520
08/c9e6
Another link http://survey.london 2012.com/survey/3520 08/c9e6 585
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12:22pm Wed 9 Mar 11

iampuzzled says...

This site http://www.london201
2.com/making-it-happ
en/planning-consulta
tions/weymouth-and-p
ortland.php seems to indicate that the closing of the Nothe is a done deal -so much for consultations and planning applications.
It says 'A park-and-ride facility will be provided for spectators attending this event. The proposed site for this facility is the Weymouth Relief Road park-and-ride site. Spectators within the Weymouth area are recommended to walk, cycle or use local bus services wherever possible.' I wonder where all the 'thousands' of spectators will be dumped at the town end of the Park n Ride scheme? I can't imagine buses will be able to easily negotiate the sharp bend on Horsford Street.
The Olymprics site also talks vaguely about their intentions re the A354 but I couldn't find any specific details - another 'done deal'.
Mushroom syndrome rules supreme wrt the Olymprics.
This site http://www.london201 2.com/making-it-happ en/planning-consulta tions/weymouth-and-p ortland.php seems to indicate that the closing of the Nothe is a done deal -so much for consultations and planning applications. It says 'A park-and-ride facility will be provided for spectators attending this event. The proposed site for this facility is the Weymouth Relief Road park-and-ride site. Spectators within the Weymouth area are recommended to walk, cycle or use local bus services wherever possible.' I wonder where all the 'thousands' of spectators will be dumped at the town end of the Park n Ride scheme? I can't imagine buses will be able to easily negotiate the sharp bend on Horsford Street. The Olymprics site also talks vaguely about their intentions re the A354 but I couldn't find any specific details - another 'done deal'. Mushroom syndrome rules supreme wrt the Olymprics. iampuzzled
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12:54pm Wed 9 Mar 11

Terrasfan says...

Sorry but adding a few comments on a website is not going to stop LOCOG who are in full flow with this now. They will want a return, and the potential to make money selling tickets, and of course all the other spin off's they can sell is immense. They are without any doubt whatsoever going to make money out of this, the only way they won't make any money is if planning permission is not granted. So if you want to object, better you object NOW and make it good, because this is being rail roaded through. The area will be sealed off and yes we all know it will be complete and utter chaos and you won't be able to see a great deal, but the power of the "I was there syndrome" is I assure you going to mean this area is packed. Qingdao 2008 was sold out before it all started, 53,000 land tickets, and boat tickets snapped up. You might therefore assume that if they sold out before it started there was the potential to sell more. Yes I agree it might be a stupid sport to watch,BUT it's going to packed out, no question about that at all.
Sorry but adding a few comments on a website is not going to stop LOCOG who are in full flow with this now. They will want a return, and the potential to make money selling tickets, and of course all the other spin off's they can sell is immense. They are without any doubt whatsoever going to make money out of this, the only way they won't make any money is if planning permission is not granted. So if you want to object, better you object NOW and make it good, because this is being rail roaded through. The area will be sealed off and yes we all know it will be complete and utter chaos and you won't be able to see a great deal, but the power of the "I was there syndrome" is I assure you going to mean this area is packed. Qingdao 2008 was sold out before it all started, 53,000 land tickets, and boat tickets snapped up. You might therefore assume that if they sold out before it started there was the potential to sell more. Yes I agree it might be a stupid sport to watch,BUT it's going to packed out, no question about that at all. Terrasfan
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1:05pm Wed 9 Mar 11

585 says...

According to advice that I was given, the planning application won't go in until April, are all planning apps that are not yet submitted advised to the planning department beforehand so that they know all about them before they are submitted formally?
As said above - sounds like a done deal even if (collectively) we submit objections.
According to advice that I was given, the planning application won't go in until April, are all planning apps that are not yet submitted advised to the planning department beforehand so that they know all about them before they are submitted formally? As said above - sounds like a done deal even if (collectively) we submit objections. 585
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1:40pm Wed 9 Mar 11

The Fish Lives says...

As far as I am aware the only real sailing visible from the Nothe Gardens will be that held in the Newtons Cove area - this sailing wil be a demonstration sport of match racing (i.e. no Olympic medals) - the Olympic sailing classes will be held much further off where the winds will be more consistent and only a decent telescope will be able to view these events.

So really we are being 'conned' into watching (and paying for) an event which is not part of the Olympic schedule on land that is owned (and paid for) by the public!
As far as I am aware the only real sailing visible from the Nothe Gardens will be that held in the Newtons Cove area - this sailing wil be a demonstration sport of match racing (i.e. no Olympic medals) - the Olympic sailing classes will be held much further off where the winds will be more consistent and only a decent telescope will be able to view these events. So really we are being 'conned' into watching (and paying for) an event which is not part of the Olympic schedule on land that is owned (and paid for) by the public! The Fish Lives
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4:33pm Wed 9 Mar 11

nigefromdorchester says...

Lets be honest, Sailing is hardly a spectator sport and I cant see for a minute a queue of people wanting to buy tickets to watch the sailing.... Clearly, the events at Horseguards will be sold out in seconds but is there anyone local honestly going to go and watch the sailing?
Lets be honest, Sailing is hardly a spectator sport and I cant see for a minute a queue of people wanting to buy tickets to watch the sailing.... Clearly, the events at Horseguards will be sold out in seconds but is there anyone local honestly going to go and watch the sailing? nigefromdorchester
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6:00pm Wed 9 Mar 11

Scolopax says...

Iampuzzled. Remember, there are other Olympic events than Sailing. I will certainly be applying for tickets and doubtless hundreds of other Dorset residents will. There's a place up north called 'London', a long train-ride away.
Iampuzzled. Remember, there are other Olympic events than Sailing. I will certainly be applying for tickets and doubtless hundreds of other Dorset residents will. There's a place up north called 'London', a long train-ride away. Scolopax
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7:05pm Wed 9 Mar 11

weymouthfox says...

Don't be naive, the Nothe Gardens are trussed up like a kipper between the council and LOCOG. Lavish hospitality for councillors and council officers will ensure planning permission is granted.
Another gina nd tonic, Councillor?
Don't be naive, the Nothe Gardens are trussed up like a kipper between the council and LOCOG. Lavish hospitality for councillors and council officers will ensure planning permission is granted. Another gina nd tonic, Councillor? weymouthfox
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2:41am Thu 10 Mar 11

Micke12 says...

Once again, local councillors have been swallowed up in political corruptness by london. It would pay to see just how many of our 'beloved' councillors attend the events on the Nothe during the olympics. This will then show the people just which councillors are corrupt and which are decent honest people.

Or maybe, just maybe, those councillors that are against this would like to make their views known on this site so that we can see who are genuine and then decide who to re-elect in May. At least then, we would have a good idea as to who is corrupt.

Me thinks the ohec will shoot me down for this, but as no names have been mentioned, i see no offence in this post and no breach of forum rules.
Once again, local councillors have been swallowed up in political corruptness by london. It would pay to see just how many of our 'beloved' councillors attend the events on the Nothe during the olympics. This will then show the people just which councillors are corrupt and which are decent honest people. Or maybe, just maybe, those councillors that are against this would like to make their views known on this site so that we can see who are genuine and then decide who to re-elect in May. At least then, we would have a good idea as to who is corrupt. Me thinks the ohec will shoot me down for this, but as no names have been mentioned, i see no offence in this post and no breach of forum rules. Micke12
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7:58am Thu 10 Mar 11

JANEAUSTEN says...

Scolopax wrote:
Iampuzzled. Remember, there are other Olympic events than Sailing. I will certainly be applying for tickets and doubtless hundreds of other Dorset residents will. There's a place up north called 'London', a long train-ride away.
I'll be applying for tickets for other sports too, so thanks Echo. Nigel, whats on at Horseguards?
The opening ceremony
should be amazing - (easy peasy to get there from Kings Cross/St Pancras on the new Javelin Tube Link).
The first comment illustrated the parochial thinking of many local people - because THEY'RE not interested in the buzz of being at a live Olympic event, they think no-one else will be - but the interest is GLOBAL. Which is why it is so important for Weymouth.
[quote][p][bold]Scolopax[/bold] wrote: Iampuzzled. Remember, there are other Olympic events than Sailing. I will certainly be applying for tickets and doubtless hundreds of other Dorset residents will. There's a place up north called 'London', a long train-ride away.[/p][/quote]I'll be applying for tickets for other sports too, so thanks Echo. Nigel, whats on at Horseguards? The opening ceremony should be amazing - (easy peasy to get there from Kings Cross/St Pancras on the new Javelin Tube Link). The first comment illustrated the parochial thinking of many local people - because THEY'RE not interested in the buzz of being at a live Olympic event, they think no-one else will be - but the interest is GLOBAL. Which is why it is so important for Weymouth. JANEAUSTEN
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9:54am Thu 10 Mar 11

Terrasfan says...

HorseGuards is the venue for the Beach Volleyball. NigefmDorcester, your perceived outlook on the power (or lack of it in your opinion) of the Olympics, poor view or not is amazing. Truly amazing. Weymouth is going to packed solid in 2011 for the test events, never mind 2012. Also later this year during the test events Weymouth will dummy run the Bunting and Flags that are going to used in every town and village in the country. A massive year ahead. Going back to the Nothe, it will probably be a great meeting place for the sailing followers nothing to do with Weymouth folk.
HorseGuards is the venue for the Beach Volleyball. NigefmDorcester, your perceived outlook on the power (or lack of it in your opinion) of the Olympics, poor view or not is amazing. Truly amazing. Weymouth is going to packed solid in 2011 for the test events, never mind 2012. Also later this year during the test events Weymouth will dummy run the Bunting and Flags that are going to used in every town and village in the country. A massive year ahead. Going back to the Nothe, it will probably be a great meeting place for the sailing followers nothing to do with Weymouth folk. Terrasfan
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5:08pm Sun 13 Mar 11

nigefromdorchester says...

Agreed...Weymouth will be packed, but not with spectators watching the sailing.
Weymouth is always packed in the summer...its a holiday resort.
Agreed...Weymouth will be packed, but not with spectators watching the sailing. Weymouth is always packed in the summer...its a holiday resort. nigefromdorchester
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