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The fans spread photos of tickets for the 2018 World Cup in the social network. It is better not to do so

The desire to boast plays into the hands of scammers who can resell tickets or go to the stadium themselves

Photos by @max_cobzev
Photos by @max_cobzev

In April, FIFA began sending out tickets purchased through the official website for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Before many Russians, the letters reached the middle of May: according to the promise of the organizers, all the rest will receive tickets by the end of the month. Otherwise, you need to callcustomer service and find out how to pick up the purchase in any city-organizer of the tournament.

After receiving tickets, the fans began to publish their photos in Instagram and VKontakte. Most often, tickets are posted under popular hashtags like # чм2018 and # championshipmoron2018 . Often this is contrary to safety rules.

The fact is that in social networks there were tickets for the World Cup 2018 with names and clearly visible barcodes – their owners have become potential victims of scammers. Such situations often occur because of photographs of air tickets, keys and tickets for concerts, but from time to time they are repeated.

What does FIFA say

On specific cases of fraud can be judged only after the start of the 2018 World Cup, but FIFA has already begun to warn about the consequences. Every fan in the envelope with tickets received from the organizers a memo, which had read. The main advice is not to publish tickets in social networks.

The ticket contains a chip. Please do not bend or puncture it.

We ask you not to publish photos of your tickets on social networks or other public Internet platforms for security reasons.

from the FIFA memo, which is sent along with tickets

In the same memo, it is said that in case of loss or theft of the ticket it is necessary to inform the police and “immediately” to contact the ticket center of FIFA. However, judging by the rules on the website of the football organization, it is unlikely to help: ” Every ticket owner is responsible for using his ticket and to the maximum extent […] exempts the FM-2018 leadership from any demands, expenses, compensation for damages, harm and responsibility “. FIFA among other things cited as an example the situation of ” improper use of the ticket by any other third party that received the ticket directly or indirectly from the ticket holder ” – under this definition theft falls. Thus, if the fan has become a victim of fraud, the organizers will not reimburse him for a ticket.

Than the situation with the world championships is unique

Unlike thefts before concerts, by airplanes or trains, the swindler does not have access to the pass to the 2018 World Cup by simply copying the compromising information from the ticket. To get to the territory of a sports facility, you also need a fan’s passport or Fan ID.

The information read from the ticket’s barcode must match the data of the fan’s passport – as FIFA asserts, only in this case the person will go to the stadium. Follow the rules should follow the volunteers, but it is still unknown how this will actually work: some visitors to the “Russian” Confederations Cup-2017 claimed that they bypassed the checks.

Officially, FIFA prohibits reselling tickets outside its own platform, but allows them to be transferred by changing the name of the “guest” (satellite) through the official website – even after the tickets have already been printed and sent to the “main applicant” (buyer). That is, a physical ticket can have one name, and another one can be read by barcode, which in the conditions of large flows of fans can become another cause of confusion in front of the stadium.

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