Desperate to get your hands on "must-have" festival tickets?

Don't let eagerness cloud your judgement - research from Barclays has found people can be at risk of losing £179 on average, if they fall victim to fake ticketing websites and social media personas.

Millennials appear to be most at risk from fake festival fraudsters, with a quarter (26%) admitting they've fallen for ticket scams, the survey found. Many say they've fallen for at least three different ticketing scams in the past two years.

Ross Martin, Barclays head of digital safety, says: "We should all be aware of the risks when purchasing tickets and make sure we are carrying out proper safety checks, to ensure our festival experience is not ruined by fraudsters."

Here are his tips to protect yourself:

1. Do your research and make sure you are purchasing your ticket from a legitimate source. Check whether a website or agent is a member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), and that they are listed as an approved ticket seller on the event or festival's official website. You can also use search engines to check out other customers' feedback, and see if anyone else has had problems in the past.

2. Think carefully. Fraudsters target the most vulnerable, and if their targets appear willing to go to extreme lengths, including paying more than the original price, they will take advantage of this.

3. Is it too good to be true? If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is. Fraudsters will often lure people in with heavily discounted prices for sought-after events. If you do find yourself victim, report this to your bank straight away.

4. Never let your guard down. Remember, always look out for the padlock symbol in the web address before making payments or entering any of your personal details.

5. Is it a pay-by-transfer? Scammers love bank transfers - the money goes straight into their account and then the seller can disappear. By the time you realise that something is wrong, it may be too late. Paying by credit card provides added protections.