London 2012 to launch website checker

Olympic organisers want to ensure ticket buyers are not being caught out by bogus websites

Locog, organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games, is launching a website that will allow people to check if the site they plan to buy tickets from is legitimate.

The website will be available by the time the 8.8 million tickets for the Olympic Games go on sale on 15 March, according to the BBC. Another two million tickets will be available for the Paralympic Games from 9 September.

Ticket buyers can check a website by simply pasting the URL of a site into a box, and if the site is bogus, they will be redirected to an authorised ticket seller for their country.

The Metropolitan Police has a specialist unit, Operation Podium, in place to tackle London 2012-related cybercrime. The unit has made 37 arrests since it was set up in June 2010.

One of its main focuses is to target fake websites claiming to sell tickets for the Olympic Games.

In order to avoid an overload on its systems, the London 2012 plans to issue tickets via a ballot, with the application process being open for six weeks until 26 April.

The organisers are also working with the police to develop a legitimate scheme for people to resell and swap tickets at face value, to avoid using touts.

"People will be able to resell through us at face value. It will be very simple, very clear, very efficient," Paul Deighton, chief executive of Locog, told the BBC.

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