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Fake Olympic ticket website set up for £7

Which? Computing has developed a fake website to demonstrate how easy it is for criminals to trick people into handing over their personal details.

Which? Computing has developed a fake website to demonstrate how easy it is for criminals to trick people into handing over their personal details.

Although sales of tickets for the London Olympics are not yet for sale, the consumer protection magazine has launched the website to warn people about the many Olympics-related scam websites.

Which? Computing said in a couple of mouse clicks and £7 it registered the name www.olympic-games-tickets.org.uk.

The website, which was created with the knowledge of The London 2012 Organising Committee, makes it clear that Olympic tickets are not for sale and gives visitors information on where to buy legitimate tickets and to report any potential scams.

"The Office of Fair Trading is campaigning to make people more aware of scam ticket websites, but Which? Computing thinks much more should be done to wipe them out," said the magazine.

It said criminals could sell fake Olympic tickets, steal personal and financial details and commit identity fraud using websites like the one it has set up.

Which? Computing editor, Sarah Kidner said, "Criminals are limbering up for a spate of Olympic-related crime. Several websites are already promising tickets that don't exist. There needs to be much stronger regulation of this area to stop con men running off with our money."

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