MUSIC fans are being warned to avoid scam ticket websites.
Consumer Direct Yorkshire and the Humber says that people paying for tickets on these sites find they are not delivered and calls and emails go unanswered.
Sometimes they are told that a customer representative will be at the venue on the day, but nobody shows up and they always lose their money.
To warn people about these scam sites, the Office of Fair Trading has launched its Just Tick It campaign, which is being supported by stars including singer Kate Nash.
The campaign comes as a recent online survey revealed that one in five people know someone who has bought tickets to a music, sport or theatre event from a fake website.
One in 12 ticket buyers admitted being caught out by the scam, with victims losing an average of £80 each.
Consumer Direct is encouraging event-goers to take simple steps to help ensure they avoid being scammed.
These include checking who the website is registered to and what others are saying about the website.
Buyers should make sure the company provides full contact details and they are clear on the refund policy.
Centre manager John Field said: “Following this simple advice should help to minimise the risk of financial loss and the disappointment of missing out on your favourite music and sporting events.”