Champions League: Liverpool fans lose huge amount after buying fake final tickets

Liverpool fan & friends conned out of £19,000 after buying 19 fake CL final tickets

Liverpool fans across the world have been attempting to obtain a ticket for the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday evening.

Some have been successful in their attempts while others have been left empty-handed.

Ray Mcdonald and 18 of his friends were desperate to watch their side play in person at Stade de France.

The group of nineteen decided to purchase tickets from a ticket tout at £1,000-per-head.

Mcdonald had previously used the ticket tout six times this season and had not had any problems.

However, upon receiving the tickets, he realised that the tickets were fake.

Mcdonald tried to contact the ticket tout but they soon deleted their Twitter account and their number was no longer in service.

Liverpool fan & friends conned out of £19,000 after buying 19 fake CL final tickets
Soccer Football – Champions League Final – The 2019 trophy arrives in Madrid – Madrid, Spain – May 30, 2019 General view of the trophy REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo to tell his story, Mcdonald said: “We bought 19 tickets at a grand each so we’ve spent £19,000 between us. It looked legit at first, I didn’t think anything of it. About 11pm last night I was about to go to sleep and my phone was going mad.

“I tried to phone [the ticket tout] and it said the number was not in service anymore and at that point I was like ‘I’ve been done here.’

“Everyone is gutted to be honest. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions.”

He tried to contact his bank in an attempt to get his money back but was told because he had been provided with a ticket they were unable to help him and he should report the matter to police.

Mcdonald isn’t the only Liverpool fan who has been conned out of tickets. He revealed that he had received ‘thousands’ of messages from friends and other football fans who said they’d also been scammed after paying upwards of £1,000 ticket for a ticket.

VILLARREAL, SPAIN – MAY 03: Liverpool players huddle on the pitch prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg Two match between Villarreal and Liverpool at Estadio de la Ceramica on May 03, 2022 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Liverpool, meanwhile, are doing everything in their power to stop tickets being resold online.

Ina statement published last week, they said: “Liverpool Football Club has called on social media companies to close more than 50 social media accounts and groups it believes are actively involved in selling, or offering to sell, Champions League final tickets online.

“The club has also identified 13 supporters who have offered their tickets for Saturday’s game against Real Madrid for sale online. Those fans have had their tickets cancelled, while their accounts are in the process of being investigated further, with the possibility of added sanctions to follow.

“There has unfortunately been an increase in the number of fans being defrauded, online in particular, by fake match ticket offers. If any supporter is offered a ticket online, they should report it to LFC here – and to Action Fraud.

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“Liverpool FC will not stand idly by and watch people try to sell tickets they have been fortunate enough to get access to via the ballot. All reports of ticket touting, or online ticket fraud, will be investigated in line with the LFC sanctions process.

“If a supporter has been found to have offered a ticket for sale online, this could result in a lifetime ban for that individual. The club is also encouraging supporters to be diligent when providing any personal or payment details to persons they do not know.”

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