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Students warned 'summer music festival is a complete scam'

Geraldine Gittens

Published 22/07/2016 | 13:53

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Leaving cert students in Dublin have been warned about a scam festival which is being advertised on social media.

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The bogus festival is being advertised on Facebook as a celebration on Leaving Cert results night, August 17.

Some 2,700 students have already registered that they’re going.

However, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council issued a warning today that no such event has been given a licence.

“Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has become aware of some social media sites advertising Leaving Cert festivals in Dublin.”

“One such festival was being arranged for Marlay Park. The council has not given, nor will be giving, any authorisation or licence for such events in any of its parks.”

Senator Neale Richmond said the scam is all the more believeable because students already know Marlay Park as a music festival venue.

“It’s a complete scam, there is definitely no event taking place and everyone should be wary if they hear of someone going.”

“But because Marlay Park is now associated with festivals like Longitude, it’s quite convincing.”

“I’ve asked a few younger siblings of friends and they haven’t been duped because they’re wise to it.”

Senator Richmond added that once students register for the event they will receive correspondence from the scam artists asking them for payment details.

"It’s a complete scam. They’ve been putting up a series of event pages and taking them down.”

“It just puts up a generic link that takes you through to Ticketmaster and you’ve to register that you are going and then they contact you and ask you for payment.”

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