A Cork woman who was scammed out of hundreds of Euro after buying fake Euros tickets is warning people to watch out for bogus websites.
Emily O'Sullivan spent over €400 to go to the Ireland-Belgium match in France on Saturday week.
The single mum had planned to fly her family of four over to the football tournament and for her two sons to attend the game.
“I'm a single mom of four who works more than full time hours,” Emily explained. “I bought two Ireland vs Belgium tickets for €415 as a present for my two boys, then booked a 10 day holiday in France for four kids and I.”
But as soon as the payment was taken from her debit card she says the online booking site disappeared.
“The website is now gone and emails not sending,” she added.
To add insult to injury, Emily had thought she was doing the right thing by avoiding resale sites and instead choosing what looked like a legitimate ticket provider.
“I was actually really cautious,” she explained. “I listened to friends who said don’t buy from the likes of Ebay, from buy and sell sites because you could get anything.
“Then I looked at this website and I showed it to a friend and it was done so well.
“Now I know there is a EuropeanChampionships.org, which is a legitimate site, but the site I was on was a dot com.”
Emily and her family are far from alone in falling victim to ticket scams.
UEFA warn fans that match tickets for individual fans can only be purchased officially through EURO2016.com.
“UEFA stresses that no tickets for individual football fans are being distributed via agencies or brokers, and encourages fans not to be lured into deals with touts, who not only demand exorbitant prices but are often not even in possession of the tickets they purport to have for sale.”