Bedford Borough Council points warning over River Pageant ‘rip-off’ – Bedford Impartial


Bedford Borough Council had been fast to warn individuals concerning the rip-off on Fb.

Bedford Borough Council has issued a warning over a attainable River Pageant rip-off that claims to be offering tickets for the occasion.

The Fb web page, ‘All Issues Beds, Herts and Bucks’, which has now modified its title to ‘All issues Bedford’ posted a hyperlink for tickets for the 2020 Bedford River Pageant earlier immediately, anybody clicking the hyperlink was taken to an Eventbrite ticketing web page.

The Eventbrite web page, which listed the individuals behind the previous ‘All Issues Beds, Herts and Bucks’ web page because the organisers of the River Pageant, mentioned that tickets could be on sale from 18 July 2020.

The Fb put up has now been deleted however we don’t know if Fb deleted the put up or if the web page homeowners determined to take it down.

Bedford Borough Council had been fast to difficulty a rip-off warning to anybody who could have thought they had been going to wish tickets for subsequent yr’s occasion.

On their Fb web page they mentioned: “We’re conscious of an unofficial ‘Bedford River Pageant 2020’ fb occasion encouraging individuals to register for a ticket for the Pageant.

“The River Pageant is a free occasion, you do not want a ticket to attend and there’s no must register.”

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson additionally instructed the Bedford Impartial that this isn’t the primary time they’ve had points with this web page.

“This can be very unhelpful when unofficial occasions are created on fb and unfold misinformation about our occasions,” added the spokesperson. “We’ve got complained to fb about this.

“We’d encourage people serious about coming to the River Pageant and different Council occasions to observe our official Fb web page, and our Bedford Occasions web page.”

Bedford Events FacebookIf a council occasion on Fb isn’t connected to the Bedford Occasions web page, then it’s a faux.

A spokesperson for Eventbrite added: “Whereas we allow anybody to create an occasion by our platform, we require that each one customers abide by our Neighborhood Tips.

“We take the problem of inauthentic content material very critically and our coverage is to take away it after we develop into conscious of it.

“Since this occasion has already been reported, our belief and security crew is at present investigating it to confirm whether or not this occasion itemizing is certainly fraudulent.”

Simply as we went to publication, Eventbrite confirmed that they’ve taken the itemizing down.

The Bedford Impartial has contacted ‘All issues Bedford’ to ask them what the Eventbrite web page is for. They’ve learn our message however we didn’t have a reply on the time of publication.

Hypothesis as to why they did this has ranged from a publicity stunt to capturing individuals’s e-mail addresses for advertising functions. Nothing, as but, has been confirmed.

What are you able to do should you’re uncertain a couple of Fb web page?

If you happen to assume a Fb web page is spreading false data, faux information or ticketing scams then ‘not like’ them instantly
You may then report them to Fb by clicking or tapping on the three dots under their cowl picture and choosing ‘give suggestions or report this web page‘
Then inform your pals to be careful and do the identical
If obligatory report the web page or the rip-off to the related authorities
If you happen to see an occasion on Fb that’s not connected to the right organiser, then don’t work together with that occasion

How are you going to ensure a web page is real?

One of the simplest ways to verify if a web page is real and reliable is to see if it has a blue tick. That is Fb’s manner of telling individuals the web page is real and has trusted content material.

Bedford Independent Blue TickFb pages with a blue tick, just like the Bedford Impartial, have been verified by Fb as a trusted supply of data.

Nevertheless, there are nonetheless many reliable pages who haven’t acquired a blue tick but. There are a number of methods you may inform if these could be trusted:

Have a look at the frequency of posts, is it very excessive or very low? In the event that they’re posting an excessive amount of or too little, be cautious
See how many individuals have preferred and shared if the web page has a great deal of likes however restricted likes and feedback on the posts that’s a warning signal
See if the content material matches the web page’s description. Does the web page have a title suggesting it’s about one factor nevertheless it largely posts about one thing else
Is there an actual web site connected to the web page?

Pages which might be run by companies could have a gray tick however this simply confirms the enterprise exists, it doesn’t give a sign of its content material.

The primary message is, should you’re ever uncertain of a web page, ‘not like’ it right away and inform your family and friends to do the identical.

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