May 1, 2017
Shocked by Fyre Fest news? Look for These Festival Warning Signs
When guests arrived at Fyre Festival this past Thursday, they were shocked to find an angry crowd instead of a luxury music festival. Unfortunately, Fyre isn’t the only festival that has failed to live up to its promise. Each summer, scammers and promoter wannabes tempt would-be festival goers into buying tickets for events promising all-you-can-eat crabs, live music and other fun. Whether the event is non-existent or merely disappointing, the result is the same: someone had pocketed your hard-earned money!
How the Scam Works:
You see a social media post or online ad for a great deal on tickets to a summer festival. The type of festival varies; it can be a music extravaganza, an all-you-can-eat crab feast or BBQ, a craft beer festival, or a themed fun run. When you click the link, and it takes you to a flashy website with fantastic pictures. You enter your credit card information to buy tickets, and you are set.
Don't do it! Better Business Bureaus across North America have gotten reports of fake festivals, or festivals that promise way more than they deliver. Victims purchase tickets and show up at the time and location, only to find a crowd of frustrated ticket holders. The festival either never existed or fell far short of organizers’ promises.
How to Spot a Festival Fake-Out:
What Can You Do?
For More Information
Learn more about festival scams in the Federal Trade Commission’s alert.
To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker).