Wellington - New Zealand police seized Rugby
World Cup tickets worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in raids in
Auckland Friday after fraudsters bought them using fake credit cards.
people have been arrested and nearly 1 000 tickets worth NZ$500 000
(US$425 000) were recovered after the busts. Six people arriving or on
their way to New Zealand were interviewed and turned away by border
"Initial analysis indicated police have recovered the
majority of the tickets which were fraudulently purchased," said
Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock.
"This is a really significant result for police and the other agencies."
Cup organisers had earlier warned the public against buying tickets
from touts, or unlicensed sellers, saying any obtained using fake credit
card details would be declared void.
The World Cup, featuring 48
matches over seven weeks of action, is unlikely to be a sell-out but it
is predicted to hit its financial target of NZ$268 million, or about 1.3
million tickets sold.
The tournament gets under way later on
Friday with New Zealand's All Blacks playing Pacific rivals Tonga at
Auckland's Eden Park Stadium.
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