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SCOTS have been left fuming after being “scammed” by a “fake” Christmas event that is allegedly refusing refunds.
Punters have taken to social media to blast Winter Wonderland Stirling claiming they have been swindled.
The festive event is advertising tickets for £12.99 per car for an “enchanted drive-thru lighting trail and Reindeer Safari”.
However, the Winter Wonderland description on the ticketing site is taken word-for-word from Reindeer Lodge – a legitimate attraction in Wales.
The alleged Stirling scam even failed to change the name of the event in one section, saying: “we are doing things a little differently this Christmas at the Reindeer Lodge”.
And a number of the pictures and graphics used by Winter Wonderland have been lifted from the Welsh organisation, who have reported it to the police.
A further event description on the Winter Wonderland website has been stolen verbatim from Santa’s Drive Thru Experience in Chorley, Lancashire.
Slots are still being advertised from November 20 until December 23 for the alleged event, supposedly taking place in Blairgowrie, near Stirling.
And Scots who have paid for Winter Wonderland tickets through Universe, a Ticketmaster company, have been unable to get their cash back.
One raging punter shared a reply from the people behind the apparent festive fraud – which said they’d only get a refund if they were “hit by a bus”.
People have taken to social media, in a bid to share the news about Winter Wonderland as far as possible.
“I just commented as such and they have removed my comments and blocked me from commenting. They have blocked others questioning it as well.”
Other fuming Scots alleged they had been duped by Winter Wonderland Stirling – and have made the decision to cancel their bank cards in a bid to stop themselves being further scammed.
Reindoor Lodge shared photos of the swiped images on Facebook this morning, claiming: “Please be aware of fraudulent tickets being sold by WINTER WONDERLAND STIRLING pretending to be us, using our imagery and wording.
“If you have purchased tickets this weekend, please check your confirmation is from Ticket Quarter our ticket agent at the prices shown on our website reindeerlodge.co.uk.
“If you have purchased tickets through one of the fake profiles on Facebook or from a different website other than our own, please contact your card company immediately to clawback the transaction.
“We have contacted UNIVERSE (the ticketing company they are using) and will be notifying the police.
“Thank you to everyone for bringing this to our attention, and sorry to anyone who may have been affected.”
The Winter Wonderland Stirling Facebook page has now been taken down and the ‘general enquiries’ email bounced back.
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