The Germans have printed 3.07 million tickets for the World Cup and it has already been oversubscried 20 times. Fraudsters are finding new ways to dupe soccer fans desperate to make the trip to Germany. The latest involves selling tickets through e-Bay by people that claim that they have won these tickets through Coca Cola promos. They provide the documents online to prove that these tickets are legitimate.
The fans then transfers money only to be told by Coca- Cola that these documents are fake. The German organizers have repeatedly told e-Bay not to sell tickets on the black market but the internet auction portal refuses to comply. There are no laws forbidding this sort of trade," said eBay spokesman Nerses Chopurian.
e- Bay was in the news recently when a court upheld that a fan had bought legitimate tickets through them.
The German organizers have advised all football fans to buy tickets through the official Web site -- www.FIFAworldcup.com -- and avoid all black market channels.