The owners of a special events venue in Weston Hills are horrified that fraudulent posts are being shared under their name on social media encouraging people to pay for booths at a fake event.
Karen and Tony Milsom, of the Wobbly Barn, which organizes parties, celebrations and wedding receptions, were alerted to the posts on the Spotted Long Sutton Facebook page.
The posts said the Wobbly Barn was looking for food vans, bouncy castles and children’s entertainment, among other things, to attend the venue on July 9 and 10, and then again for another weekend in August – at a cost of £40, with a link to follow. to make the payment.
Karen received a message from a potential merchant who smelt a rat after being initially charged, then refunded £40, via an online payment site, before being asked to return payment via Paypal.
The merchant then contacted Karen to see if the event was genuine.
“I’m just absolutely stunned by what happened. We’re a private event venue – we don’t hold any public events here.
“I had to post messages on social media to let people know it was a scam and not show up on our site.
“I have also contacted the site admins who have been great but this makes me really angry as times are tough for most people and they can’t afford to be scammed out of £40. I think ‘It’s outrageous that these people have the nerve to potentially ruin someone’s wedding day.
As well as taking to social media to try to make people aware the event is a scam, Karen has also contacted Lincolnshire Police and Facebook. She believes the profile used to share the posts is also fake and has been hacked.
“Things like this seem to be happening more and more,” she added, “so I just wanted to warn other companies about it and reinforce the message that we don’t run events like this. here. Hopefully we can get the word out and no one else gets scammed or shows up on our site on the advertised dates.