Thursday 23rd July 2020 We recieved a Co Host request this afternoon from an unknown page. However we dont usually send or recieve Co Host requests so we declined and then checked things out. We found 3 Fake Pages and a page that had copied our graphics and used them on thier fake page.


FAKE Boomtown Fair Event



FAKE Page using Festivals & Events UK Cover Photo and Logo





















MAJOR SCAM ON FACEBOOK

That is Targeting Facebook Pages & Live Events 

Everything you see on this page is FAKE

 

FAKE PROFILES - FAKE EVENTS - FAKE PAGES - FAKE GROUPS 

 

Read the blog for more information and what you need to do if you have fallen victim to this current scam.

 

Written by Kevin Tate June 2020

I Have written this blog about rather elaborate Scams that has been taking place for the last couple of months on Facebook which specifically targets our online live events. 
 
This is how the scam seems to be operating:
 
1. A group of individuals have setup multiple fake profiles and created a vast network of what i believe are (MD BOT Accounts)
 
2.  Fake Groups/Pages then create Fake Event Pages that look genuine
They are used to mislead/distract the general public and official artists.
 
3. official artists are accepting co-host requests without realising they are a fake
People who visit the Official Artist page then see all upcoming events and unaware that its a fake event then proceed and click 'going' or 'interested'.
 
4. The Fake profiles that have been created at the start then wait until the official event takes place and begin posting Multiple spam links on the Official Festival/Artist Page and on their own fake pages.
 
These links take users to a website that require you to enter Email Address, Password and Credit/Debit Card Details.
People have fallen into this trap already and have been charged £2.95 to watch a blank screen.
 
So far I have gathered evidence and understand that Balter Festival. Shindig Festival. Download Festival. Hootananny. Wireless Festival. Glasthomebury Festival. Glastonbury. On a Misson. Lost Horizons Festival. Lytham Festival. Latitude. We Rock Shrewsbury. Love Saves the Day. Beautiful Days Festival. Boomtown. Alfressco Festival. 2000 Trees. Shambala. Bearded Theory. Reading. Sundown. Leeds and Noisily have all been targeted so far.
 
Facebook has not responded or just rejected all of my reports.

THESE ARE ALL FAKE EVENTS

 

BALTER FESTIVAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOOTANANNY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LATITUDE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LEEDS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
READING
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOST HORIZONS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOVE SAVES THE DAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BOOMTOWN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FAKE GROUPS - PAGES & EVENT PAGES

All these events are FAKE. Be alert when accepting random Co Host requests.

 

FAKE Hootananny

 

FAKE Lytham Festival

 

FAKE Glasthomebury

 

FAKE Shambala Festival

 

FAKE Glastonbury Experience

 

FAKE Bearded Theory

 

FAKE Wireless Festival

 

FAKE Boomtown Fair Events

 

FAKE Love Saves the Day

 

FAKE Lost Horizons Festival

 

FAKE On a Mission Event

 

FAKE Latitude Festival

 

FAKE PROFILES AND BOT ACCOUNTS

It might be worth Banning these FAKE Profiles from your Facebook Page & Event Page. These are used to post SPAM/SCAM LINKS.
 
The MD part of thier name is a type of BOT Programme.

 

FAKE SCAM/SPAM LINKS

The links are easy to miss on a small screen but I have managed to collect dozens of screenshots for some examples of what to look out for.

 

WAYS TO PREVENT SCAMMERS FROM SPAMMING

 

1. The first thing you can do to protect your social channels is to take a look at the Fake Profile Section on this page and ban these users on your page and event page.

 

 

2.  The only ways I have worked out how to totally stop the scammers is to turn off commenting on posts, Esspecialy Video posts as ive noticed that video posts are more actively targeted.

 

 

3. Keep a constant eye on your social channels for when the scammers strike usually after you have posted something to your event or page.

 

 

According to police, Action Fraud is the place to use to report this crime.
 
I have already phoned (Action Fraud) and they advised the more indivdual reports they receive, the quicker they can respond and investigate so if anyone notices examples, please do take a moment to report seperately, direct to Action Fraud
 
0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

Anyone needing help to report this to Action Fraud can contact me direct at kevintate@festivalsevents.uk or drop me a direct message using Facebook Messenger.