Fake Food Festival Scam Targets Crab-Loving Foodies

Fake Festivals

Maybe you love seafood, especially crab say need to be aware of a new twist on a very old-fashioned Internet credit card scam.

In LA it is called the super crab festival. In Philadelphia it is the hot garlic crab feed in Houston it is the crab America.

All of these as it turns out these are festivals that are not real. Scammers have been getting away with this for four months.

In December it was first reported that there have been 21 food festivals advertised on reputable company websites that appeared genuine with ticket prices ranging from $49 with all-you-can-eat crab.

Many hungry crab lovers purchase tickets through one of these websites using a credit or debit card and then awaited the date of their chosen crab fest.

But when they showed up at the designated location of the food festival there was nothing there. There was a sign posting that the event had been cancelled.

One person allegedly spent $312 on tickets in a Los Angeles area festival. They had called two days prior to see if the crab that was served had passed inspection. They were assured that the event was still on but they showed up to an empty hall.

Every fall this oyster Festival is family oriented and features an exciting oyster shucking and cooking competition.

Crab Festival

If you want to buy a ticket for a certain event, you can order them through Groupon and be sure that you caught the best price offer.

Fox news reached out and received the following statement. "We always support our customers should they have trouble with an event. Unfortunately, as in any industry, there are a few bad actors who make it difficult for everyone else. Were in the process of revising our internal policies to identify and stop anyone from taking advantage of our customers."

When they were asked to identify specific measures the company is taking to refund scam victims, the response was that there were only a small fraction of these events taking place in comparison to all the other legitimate events on the site.

In an attempt to reach Facebook, no calls were returned.

Despite numerous attempts and complaints is because festivals appear to be fake.

Consumer Reports says you need to take the following precautions.

Look closely at the website. If it seems too good to be true it probably is. If there are many grammatical mistakes throughout the linked pages your intent should tingle.

If the link redirects, being suspicious. Especially if you're constantly directed to an unrelated site to buy a ticket.

Double check the contact information that's available. If the phone rings with no answer or emails go unreturned it could be that there is no one there.