Posted: Tue 23rd Apr 2024

Trading Standards warning over Facebook user “fraudulently advertising events locally”

Wrexham.com for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A warning has been issued following reports of a Facebook user “fraudulently advertising events” in Wrexham.

This time of year sees an increase in Food Festivals, Artisan Markets and food fayres taking place for people to enjoy within the local community and for traders to showcase their products.

However Wrexham Trading Standards are urging small businesses to be careful and always check with the venue advertised before parting with any hard earned cash if they’re not familiar with who is advertising it.

It comes after reports of a Facebook account using the name Elvis Kosegi – however they could also be using other names – offering stalls at a bogus summer fayre in Brynteg Memorial Centre for £40.

One example – which can be seen below – saw the user ask for a payment via PayPal.

After being called out by one suspicious user it appears the account has now been deleted.

Roger Mapleson, Trading Standards and Licensing Lead, said: “Whilst this scam isn’t very sophisticated £40 is a lot for local or regional traders to lose and the scammer could pockets hundreds if not thousands of pounds by advertising on local facebook groups or other social media.

“Please remain cautious before you part with your money and check that the event actually exists and the seller is legitimate. A quick email or phone call to the venue itself is a good way to check if it’s taking place and if so, who’s organising it.”

If you think you may have been the victim of a scam, you should report this to Action Fraud via their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.al



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