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'This page is being used by scammers': FOOD Week cancels ticket exchange for sold out events

March 22, 2023


By Peter Holmes


A social media page set up by Orange FOOD Week has been deleted after scammers tried to dupe people wanting to attend events.



A Facebook page had been set up to allow people to sell tickets to FOOD Week events that they had purchased but were unable to use, and give those who missed out on booking for sold out events a chance to attend.



The sold out events are still going ahead, but the ticket exchange on Facebook has been cancelled by organisers..

Before the scammers got involved.

Events that have sold out include the $275 per head Sampson Street Lunch and the $213 per head Forage.


An example of a poster trying to sell tickets on the FOOD Week page before it was deleted. There is no suggestion they were doing anything more than legitimately attempting to sell valid tickets.

However on Tuesday night organisers were forced to warn people of the scammers.



"We are aware that there are scammers on this page. We are trying to monitor this and will delete any suspicious posts."


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Later another message was posted: "This event page is being used by scammers. We have had to close it down."





The 2023 FOOD Week Friday Night Market is on March 24.



Organisers say there will be nearly 40 stalls with food from Orange region’s chefs, cooks, caterers and providores; and wines, ciders, spirits and beer makers crafted by local vignerons, winemakers, brewers and fermenters.


The Orange News Examiner has sought comment from FOOD Week.


KEY EVENTS


March 25: Sampson Street Lunch (sold out)


March 26 - April 1: Shining the Light on Local Producers Series at CWA Hall in Robertson Park

April 1: Forage (sold out)

April 2: Sunday Producers’ Market and Brunch at Cook Park


For more information on FOOD Week (March 24 - April 2, 2023) see here.


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