Buy and sell any tickets. Any tickets to spare? Buy and sell any tickets. If you hear these phrases being muttered on the tube and at bus stops over the next few months, don't be alarmed – it's just the nation's ticket touts and scammers warming up early for the 2012 Olympics.
American lawyer Jim Moriarty (cool name, huh?) has warned that the biggest ticket frauds of Beijing 2012 are already being targeted at early birds who want to be sure of a seat at the London Olympics. 25 bogus email, web and postal ticket cons have already been shut down – and with another 3 1/2 years to go before the event itself, that number will surely rocket.
Rebecca Adlington's parents were famously victims of a scam by fake ticket site www.beijingticketing.com. And the same company will almost certainly be setting its sights on London 2012, warns Moriarty. So if you're organised enough to book your tickets 3 1/2 years in advance, keep your plastic in your wallet until the official ticket contract is announced.