Bluesfest focused by scammers promoting replays, stay streams

The celebrated Byron Bay Bluesfest has change into a goal of a well-made fraudulent social media web page which is concentrating on followers with a rip-off.

The pageant wrapped up its thirty fifth version on April 1 however a copycat Fb web page had been created in November 2023, and detailed, legit wanting content material has been posted within the lead as much as the multi-day pageant, through the week and since.

The faux web page is ‘promoting’ full video replays, after providing stay streams through the pageant.

The true organisers didn’t livestream any of the pageant. There have been a number of faux pages which organisers have been reporting and Fb has stamped out, however one explicit web page remained on-line Friday evening, even after an occasion promoter reported it to Meta.

That faux web page is stuffed with disgruntled commenters who say they’ve given bank card particulars solely to get no movies of the pageant in return.

“Now my bank card has been blocked by (the) financial institution, so irritating,” one lady says.

“Is that this why all my rip-off safeguards are shutting my accounts down,” one other man stated.

Bluesfest organisers have now responded to the scams, urging punters to stay vigilant when sharing cost info, and guaranteeing they’re solely interacting with the official web site.

A publish shared on social media stated organisers had been “actively reporting these faux entities to Fb,” and urged followers to unfold the phrase, and report any suspicious pages or teams.

“We’ve seen a rise in faux pages, teams, and occasions claiming to be related to our beloved Bluesfest. We need to remind everybody that there’s ONLY ONE official Bluesfest Web page,” the publish stated.

“We don’t host stay streams of our occasions. Any web page or group providing stay streams will not be affiliated with us.

“Take private duty when utilizing your bank card on-line. All the time make sure you’re on the official Bluesfest web site earlier than making any purchases or donations.”

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