Chinese fall victim to World Cup fake ticket scam
Since the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Moscow, crowds of Chinese soccer fans have been flying into neighboring Russia for the quadrennial tournament. But as they landed in the host city, some unlucky fans would soon discover that their tickets were counterfeit. Around 3,000 Chinese soccer fans were tricked into a ticket scam set up by a Russian company Anji MSK, a staff from Russian Embassy in China told Tencent’s sports channel last Saturday. It was reported that over 10,000 counterfeit tickets were sold around the world and the total value might exceed 100 million US dollars.
Fake tickets not a new thing in sports events
Fake tickets is not a new thing in big sports events, in last month itself (May 2018), UEFA has also warned fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid that fake tickets for the upcoming Champions League final in Kiev may be circulating on secondary websites. On the day that thousands of Liverpool fans are due to discover whether they have been successful in the ballot for final tickets, football’s governing body in Europe admitted it is concerned that counterfeit tickets are being offered to supporters.

According to the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) , thanks to the internet, there are countless ways for consumers to find tickets and connect with online marketplaces, ticket sellers, and resellers. Last year, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) received over 300 reports on  BBB Scam Tracker  about ticket scams related to sporting events, concerts, theatre, and more. Most of the time, the ticket scams increased in absence of physical authentication technologies such as security hologram and others. Designing and using a security hologram on tickets can make tickets extremely difficult to replicate, preventing potential fraud. The hologram adds an extra security feature and distinguishes the genuine tickets from counterfeits.

The requirement of high secure ticket become more important especially in case of terror threat. As per sources, in recent world cup, Russia spend at least €445 million on security plan. Whilst, it is important to enhance security measures at all front a slight loophole in non-securing ticket could be lethal.
Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan new passport, Beauty and Security
In its latest remake, the Taiwan passport has been equipped with a protective KINEGRAM TKO (Transparent Kinegram Overlay) on the paper-based data page, containing a KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO Combi diffractive OVD (optically variable device). This product represents a technology leap in the document security industry, placing it far ahead of other available solutions in the market.
What Blockchain Can’t Do
Blockchain technology has the potential to do amazing things. It can provide an immutable, digital audit trail of transactions, and can be used to cheaply verify the integrity of data. It can help businesses and individuals agree, on a global scale, about the true state of affairs within a market without relying on a costly intermediary. See the latest article from Harward Business, assessing blockchain business models, it is useful to understand what blockchain can’t do ?
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India to ratify WHO protocol against illegal trade of tobacco
The Indian Cabinet had cleared the decks for ratification of WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by India . The protocol applies to prevention of illegal trade of both smoking and smokeless (chewing) forms of tobacco.The move comes in the wake of a growing illegal tobacco market in India which is threatening tobacco control by flooding the markets with cheaper foreign brands of tobacco that are in turn easily accessible to consumers.Illicit cigarette market is particularly growing with the local tobacco industry estimating the market at 20 per cent of the whole.Illicit tobacco products are not only cheaper because they are out of the domestic tax net, these are also more attractive to consumers by way of non-compliance with the anti-tobacco pictorial health warnings.
UAE launches digital tax stamp to target tax evasion
The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) will launch an electronic tracking system which uses digital tax stamps to ensure excise tax on tobacco products has been paid at an awareness meeting held in Dubai. Set to go into effect in early 2019, the system seeks to combat tax evasion and commercial fraud, supporting the FTA’s efforts to successfully implement excise tax systems and verify payment of excise tax on tobacco products. The system seeks to ensure that all excise taxes on cigarettes—and later, all tobacco products—is collected. To that end, digital stamps will be attached to these products, which allows for tracking and monitoring them. The use of digital tax stamps is an innovative solution to combatting tax evasion, facilitating inspections, and monitoring customs and markets to prevent the sale of products when the due taxes have not been paid. The digital tax stamps are placed on the packaging of tobacco products and registered in the FTA’s database. The stamps contain tax-related data that can be read using special devices.
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ASPA extend its support and signed barter agreement with Smart Card Expo , Anti-Counterfeit & Currency Conference & Pharma Pro Pack Expo 2018 for upcoming year. Whilst the SmartCards Expo focuses on smart card & payments, the Anti-Counterfeit & Currency Conference is dedicated to cash management, currency and secure document supply chain exhibition. ASPA is also supporting following event for upcoming year;

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