Oplichters richten zich op Auckland liefdadigheid hondvriendelijke indoor filmsessiaugustus 15, 2019
Scammers have targeted a dog-friendly indoor movie session which is raising money for charity.
On Saturday, pets and their owners will be heading to Academy Cinemas in Auckland CBD to watch The Secret Life of Pets 2.
The charity event was organised by Fur Child Supply Co’s founder Caitlyn Coulston and all ticket proceeds went towards the SPCA. The indoor movie session is understood to be the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Coulston said the event quickly sold out, with all 211 tickets now gone. But scammers have been capitalising on demand by creating fake tickets, as well as trying to con the organisers out of further tickets by pretending to be a legitimate customers.
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The scammer preyed on people who posted on the event’s Facebook in search of spare tickets.
“At least two people paid someone money for tickets through PayPal and they paid extra because the person told them there was a PayPal fee,” Coulston said.
The scammer had made fake PDF tickets which they sent screen shots of to the victims, she said.
One of the scammer’s victims, Linzi Gummer, said she was surprised people were being targeted for $20.
Gummer said she wanted to believe the best in the person when she was buying a ticket, but after a lot of back and forth, she realised she was being conned.
“It’s an elaborate ruse for $20 and I felt stupid I had fallen for it – it’s stealing,” Gummer said.
“I’ve had an emotional week so I feel so grateful the organiser was able to give me a ticket.”
Coulston said the scammer also contacted her, claiming to have bought three tickets using an old email address which they couldn’t access, she said.
In another incident a person claiming to be from Utah in the United States had emailed Coulston, trying to get her to send him tickets, she said.
“I’m so angry – we’re just little guys and this is a charity event,” Coulston said.
Coulston has since managed to find two tickets – one which was donated by a woman who could no longer attend and another ticket which had been sponsored – for the two people who had been scammed, she said.
She encouraged people to email and check with her before Friday if people were purchasing tickets from other sellers.
The event will take place at the Academy Cinemas in Auckland on August 17, 10am.
Organisers have not yet spoken to police.