The community page named ‘Safari Waterpark Adventure Tour UK’ offered signature thrill rides for a full day of fun for the entire family' and among others, includes ‘splash zone,’ bumper boats 'and more.' By Monday, more than five thousand Facebook users had confirmed their attendance and another twenty thousand had expressed their interest towards the event.
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The mystery around the event emerged from the fact that the organisers had not shared any contact details on the page, nor did they disclose their identity or location. To add to it, there were no specific dates or exact locations for the event, but the organisers did state that “Once we have licensing permission from the councils in every city, locations and exact dates will be disclosed.”
That this was a complete lie was proved when the Liverpool City Council stated that they had not received any application for a license or planning applications for the event.
“We have not received any application for a license or planning applications from this event. We advise people not to give any personal details - and certainly not to send any money - something which has no confirmed details on location or dates," said a council spokesperson.
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To be fair, the organisers did not ask for any payments to be made or any personal details to be disclosed by those wishing to attend the event. However, it is also no secret that scammers can pull out personal information from user profiles via community pages.
"Hopefully Facebook has taken some measures into preventing these fake event scams. It's a group effort with these things, so the media, law enforcements, the government, Get Safe Online and companies like Facebook all need to work together with the public to put the right advice and processes in place to stop these scams from flourishing," said Tony Neate, CEO at Get Safe Online to the BBC.