STAR – 9 January 2018

TUESDAY 9 JANUARY 2018

SOCIETY OF TICKET AGENTS AND RETAILERS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

  • 20 years of setting high standards for ticket buyers and sellers through its Code of Practice
  • New website to mark anniversary
  • Exclusive new figures show importance of role STAR has in helping customers avoid ticket fraud
  • STAR celebrates becoming an official provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution
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The Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR) is marking its 20th anniversary by highlighting the importance of its work through newly released statistics and a ‘new-look’ website.

The Society held its inaugural meeting in December 1997 and began its work in 1998 as the self-regulatory body for the entertainment ticket industry. Members of STAR, which include every major authorised ticket agent in the UK, agree and work to a strict Code of Practice.

The UK’s live entertainment sector is the envy of the world, with over one million tickets sold every week by STAR members alone. For twenty-years, STAR has worked as a champion for ticket buyers through its self-regulatory role, consumer and industry education and dispute resolution.

Jonathan Brown, Chief Executive of STAR, said, “The ticketing industry has evolved enormously over the past twenty years, but the core values of what STAR was founded on remain unchanged. Customers deserve the very highest standards when it comes to purchasing tickets and the work STAR has done, and continues to do, ensures that it’s members remain reputable and accountable for every transaction.”

In 2015 STAR and Action Fraud released figures that revealed the number of reported incidences of ticket fraud, measured over a period of 6 months, was 2,885. The figures also included that the median value of loss per victim was £205.

Today, STAR and Action Fraud have revealed that the number of reports, measured over the same period in 2017, increased to 3,973 but the average value of loss was a little lower at £195.

Adrian Sanders, Chairman of STAR said, “What these latest figures show is just how important it is to have an organisation like STAR in place. Sadly, customers are continuing to fall prey to deliberate fraudsters and therefore need to know exactly where they should purchase tickets from safely. Despite the considerable advances in ticket fraud prevention, some customers are still too easily being tricked. Purchasing from a STAR member ensures you are buying from a company that has signed up to the high standards of our Code. It also means you have somewhere to turn to in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.”

City of London Police’s National Coordinator for Economic Crime, Temporary Commander Dave Clark said, “As the National Lead Force for Fraud, we are thankful to STAR for working with us to protect people from ticketing fraud. Whether people are buying tickets for the theatre, a festival, a concert or a sports event, they need to remain vigilant and be aware that there are fraudsters all over the globe trying to make money out of people’s desire to buy tickets quickly and easily online. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. We recommend that people buy from reputable ticket sellers who are members of STAR.”

DCI Gary Miles, from the Metropolitan Police FALCON Unit said, “The MPS is committed to working in collaboration with external partners to protect people from becoming victims of fraud. The work of STAR over the last 20 years is a prime example of this aspiration being realised; ticketing fraud can have a significant impact on those people who find themselves suffering at the hands of callous and cruel offenders.”

To celebrate its birthday year, STAR has unveiled a new website, allowing customers faster and cleaner access to all the information and services STAR has to offer. (www.star.org.uk)

STAR has been providing a dispute resolution service for its members and their customers throughout the last twenty years. In May 2017, the organisation was recognised by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute as an official provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution, ensuring consumers have an opportunity to settle ticketing disputes with STAR members outside of the courts.

STAR is also a voice for the ticketing industry in discussions with other sectors, law enforcement and government and hosts workshops and seminars on key topics. This has included consumer law, data protection, ticketing technology and cyber-crime. The organisation is also working with its members and other bodies such as Attitude is Everything to improve ticketing – including online purchases – for Deaf and disabled ticket buyers.

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Notes for Editors

Statistics provided by City of London Police for period May – October 2017.


Month

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017


Number of Reports

383

1,072

878

620

423

597

Median Loss Per Victim
(nearest £)

£180

£244

£274

£200

£190

£180

Median Loss Per Victim
(nearest £)

£180

£244

£274

£200

£190

£180


Total Loss

£182,135

£423,864

£390,390

£293,232

£191,678

£180,056

£1,661,355

*2 reports excluded as outliers
** 4 reports excluded as outliers

About Secure Tickets from Authorised Retailers (STAR):
The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) is the self-regulatory body for the entertainment ticket industry. Charged with promoting excellent service and improving standards across the entertainment industry, STAR members work to a strict Code of Practice and a dispute conciliation service operates to help customers resolve outstanding complaints.

STAR is approved as a consumer ADR body for the purposes of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015. This approval is granted by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute under arrangements delegated to them by the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Model Terms and Conditions for the Sale of Entertainment Tickets were drafted in consultation with the Office of Fair Trading and published in 2009.

The Society’s many members include all the UK’s major authorised ticket agents as well as arenas, theatres, producers and promoters throughout London and the UK. Between them, members of STAR sell more than 50 million tickets a year.

Membership of STAR can be recognised by the use of the STAR logo and a full list of members is available at www.star.org.uk

STAR is dedicated to ensuring high levels of customer service and ticket buyers who experience a problem with their purchase from a STAR member can contact the STAR helpline on 01904 234737, e-mail info@star.org.uk or write to STAR, PO Box 708, St Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 0GT.