NZ Cricket warns fans to take care buying tickets online

Kane Williamson in action for New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images
Kane Williamson in action for New Zealand. Photo: Reuters
New Zealand Cricket is warning fans not to be caught out by fake ticket outlets selling counterfeit and fake tickets for international cricket games.

Controversial online reseller site Viagogo has already scalped several fans wanting to attend this summer's international fixtures.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) general manager for venues, facilities and events Graham Parks said Ticketek is the only authorised ticket seller.

"The best way to avoid that is to buy through the authorised agent," he said.

"It's already been brought to our attention that there are counterfeit tickets being sold on the Viagogo site for highly inflated prices – as much as $90 per ticket.

"The last thing NZC wants to see is cricket fans being ripped off and disappointed by unscrupulous resellers."

Following last summer when adults purchased children's tickets under the belief they would be admitted is something NZC will keep an eagle eye on this year.

Parks said to be wary of people selling full adult tickets for bargain prices, and to beware of scammers as well.

A statement issued from Viagogo said: "The tickets sold on Viagogo's platform are genuine tickets that have been sold on by the original ticket purchaser in good faith. viagogo is a marketplace and doesn't buy or sell tickets.

"Viagogo provides a platform for third party sellers to sell tickets to event goers. Viagogo does not set ticket prices, sellers set their own prices, which may be above or below the original face value. Where demand is high and tickets are limited, prices increase."

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