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Gap year travelers warned over World Cup ticket scams

Those planning to take a backpacking trip to South Africa during next year's World Cup have been warned to be aware of ticketing scams.

Sean Tipton, a spokesman for Abta - The Travel Association, said fans should ensure they purchase their tickets from a company authorised by football's governing body Fifa.

"In the past we have had instances of people booking trips for major sporting events and then finding that their tickets did not materialise," he commented.

Travelers should, according to Mr Tipton, heed any advice offered by the Foreign Office and avoid certain areas of Johannesburg at night.

However, on a positive note, he added that British visitors are likely to find that prices are low when it comes to food and drink.

"It's one of the few places where the pound has actually strengthened against the local currency of late," he continued.

Fifa is releasing next year's World Cup tickets in a number of phases to ensure they are distributed fairly.

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