Hundreds of would-be Olympic spectators appear to have fallen prey to a ticketing scam, including the grandmother of a U.S. snowboarder.
Ticket resellers who've been hawking 2010 Games tickets online for months are notifying clients in Canada and the U.S. that those tickets don't exist.
The problem is reportedly with a Georgia-based company which was selling tickets to the resellers, but has failed to actually secure tickets.
Fans are saying they're being told they also won't be getting a refund, though one lawyer says credit card companies might reimburse the purchases.
Houston lawyer Jim Moriarty, who has filed lawsuits in the past on behalf of fans caught in Olympic ticket scams, said this may be the biggest one yet, with more than $3 million reportedly missing.
Moriarty said the way official ticket sales are handled for the Games leaves most fans with no choice but to go to the black market where they are easy victims of fraud.