Fans buying tickets on auction websites are paying huge mark-ups but also risk getting turned away at the turnstiles. Research from G4S Security reveals tickets for the World Cup finals in Germany sold via unauthorised websites cost on average 327% more than the face value of the ticket. Tickets for the final cost on average Â£972. That's a mark-up of 277% on the original sale price set by FIFA. And a pair of tickets to see England play Trinidad & Tobago, at the Frankenstadion Nuremberg on 15th June, sold for Â£1500, a mark up of 2307% on the ticketsâ face value. Those selling tickets via online auction sites in the UK risk prosecution, as the Government has banned the unlicensed sale of any tickets for the World Cup finals in Germany this summer. G4S is warning consumers who are contemplating purchasing tickets from unauthorised sources to check they are not fraudulent. In some cases touts are offering tickets for 'phantom' matches that are not even scheduled to take place at the finals. 'FIFA has implemented a rigorous identification system for the World Cup finals, so supporters purchasing tickets from touts could face severe disappointment,' warns Douglas Greenwell of G4S. 'If the ticket holderâs details do not match those of the purchaser they will be refused entry to the stadium. Buying tickets from unauthorised websites can lead to an increase in fraud, criminal activity and increases the safety and security risks at events to themselves and other members of the public,' says Greenwell. 'Ultimately it is in the consumersâ interest to purchase their tickets from authorised outlets; this ensures they are paying the correct price and that the tickets actually exist. Supporters purchasing tickets from unauthorised sources could be wasting significant sums of money.'