Cape Town Tourism advises on how to prevent 2010 fraud

With excitement building ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, tickets, accommodation and transport are in high demand and fraudsters are working clever scams to dupe potential visitors (mostly on-line) out of large sums of money. 

Illegal ticket sales have FIFA on high alert and partnerships with international authorities and e-Crime Units are helping FIFA shut these practices down.  MATCH, the events company appointed by FIFA, is the official ticket handler for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and sell the genuine tickets exclusively via www.fifa.com.  In South Africa, one can apply for tickets through FNB but those tickets are also processed through MATCH.  In an additional effort to crack down, game tickets will only go to print a few weeks before kick off. 

Many unauthorised operators are also exploiting the popularity of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to lure unsuspecting fans, from across the world, into purchasing illegitimate ticket-inclusive travel packages.  Fake websites are created that offer the “all round package”, which includes accommodation, transport as well as game tickets.

“We are working very hard, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and the SAPS, to avoid having disappointed fans standing outside of “fake” hotels and stadiums holding bogus bookings and tickets”, says Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism. 

Since it was announced that Cape Town would be a host city, Cape Town Tourism has played an integral role in helping develop fraud prevention strategies (waiting on info about eg’s of strategies) in order to curb crime leading up to and during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Through Cape Town Tourism’s 2010 mini-site, www.capetown.travel/2010, information that is 100% accurate and credible will help prevent visitors from falling prey to fraudulent scams.  Comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding match tickets, as well as a list of appointed tour operators and MATCH Hospitality sales agents can also be found by following the respective links being?. 
For more information call Cape Town Tourism on +27 21 487 6800 or visit www.capetown.travel.

ENDS

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For more info on Cape Town Tourism
Mariette du Toit-Helmbold CEO
mariette@capetown.travel
+ 27 21 487 6800
+ 83 225 5955

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