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Warning after festive scammers set up fake Preston Christmas event

Written by on November 25, 2021

A warning has been issued after festive scammers set up a fake Christmas event in Preston.

An online event has been created claiming there will be a ‘Santa’s Enchanted Christmas Village’ running from November 29 to December 12.

Preston City Council has taken to social media to say “it is not (and never was) happening”.

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Sharing a screengrab of the bogus Facebook event, council bosses have urged residents to ignore the advert and said there are “plenty of great things taking place this Christmas in Preston, but this not one of them”.

Official Christmas events are being promoted by the council, Visit Preston and Preston BID and activities this year include Reindeer & friends in Winckley Square, Preston Makers Market, Winckley Wonderland.



It's a 'fake event'
It’s a ‘fake event’

A council spokesperson said: “We have repeatedly seen this event shared across social media, but unfortunately it is not (and never was) happening.

“There are plenty of great things taking place this Christmas in Preston, but this not one of them.”

“Unfortunately fake events are promoted from time to time – an easy way to check for events taking place on the Flag Market or other public land is whether they are being promoted by us, Visit Preston or Preston BID.

“For example, stuff that IS happening includes Reindeer & friends in Winckley Square, Preston Makers Market, Winckley Wonderland.”

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