BE WARY OF EMAIL SCAMS AND INTERNET HOAXES

Football fans should be wary of  email scams and internet hoaxes which claimto: (a) be part of a FIFA lottery, prize draw or competition; (b) needadditional payment from you to guarantee tickets that you have won, or (c) requireyour personal information to secure tickets.

Please also note that prize draws and competitionsoffering tickets to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 can only be held bycompanies who are commercially affiliated with FIFA, such as, for example,sponsors. For a list of official FIFA Sponsors and Commercial Affiliates,please click here [include a hyperlink to list all sponsors/affiliates - http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/partners/index.html)

FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

The 2013 edition promises to be one of the mostattractive tournaments ever from a sporting point of view, with four FIFA WorldCup™ champions, including current FIFA World Cup champions Spain, as well asItaly, Uruguay and hosts Brazil – the latter making their record seventhconsecutive appearance – all in the starting blocks alongside continentalchampions Mexico, Japan, newcomers Tahiti as well as the yet to be confirmedAfrican champions. The FIFA Confederations Cup, set to take place between 15June and 30 June 2013, can only increase anticipation for the FIFA World Cup™one year later.

Protecting Against Unauthorised Sellers

Unfortunately many unauthorised operators areexploiting the excitement and passion of the FIFA Confederations Cup to lureunsuspecting customers to Brazil with empty promises of tickets, hospitalityand travel plans. FIFA is committed to supporting all fans in their efforts topurchase tickets, travel packages and hospitality packages through safe andlegitimate sources, and in doing so safeguarding the interests of all fans makingthis exciting football journey.

The Importance of Authenticity

All fans wishing to attend the FIFA ConfederationsCup should be aware of the importance of buying authentic tickets throughauthorised sources and buying FIFA-approved hospitality packages. FIFAtherefore confirms that:

  • 1. http://www.fifa.com/ is the only online source for legitimate tickets sold outside of a package.
  • Within FIFA.com, in addition individual match tickets, it is also possible to purchase Match-ticket inclusive official hospitality packages.  For further details please visit http://www.fifa.com/hospitality
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  • 3. Tickets which originate from unauthorised sources are not valid and will result in the bearer not being permitted entry into FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 matches.

Supporting Authorised Distribution Channels

There are repercussions for fans as well as  for tournament organisers when tickets and/or hospitalitypackages are purchased from unauthorised sources. FIFA encourages fans to exclusivelyuse official ticketing and hospitality channels, and to make responsible andinformed choices.

Without the protections offered by authorisedsources, fans run significant risks that the tickets they think they havepurchased:

  • 1. Do not exist;
  • 2. Are offered  by a purported seller that does not yet have any tickets but hopes he will be able to provide them at a later date;
  • 3. Are counterfeit;
  • 4. Are already identified by FIFA as being offered through unauthorised channels and have been rendered invalid;
  • 5. Are offered through unauthorised channels and are subsequently rendered invalid by FIFA;
  • 6. Do not permit entry to the stadium on match days;
  • 7. Are part of a group of tickets for which the seats in question are of a lower ticketing category than advertised or are in entirely different stadium location from each other;
  • 8. Are delivered too late;
  • 9. Result in security breaches (such as, for example, breaches of policies intended to separate rival fans).

FIFA also urges fans to be aware that theirinvolvement in the purchase or use of such tickets may result in civil orcriminal prosecutions. Ultimately, FIFA remains committed to the protection ofthe interests of all fans.

If at any stage you are in any doubt as to thelegitimacy of any alleged source of match tickets, please contact MATCH Enforcement at enforcement@match-ag.com.