An event advertising a ‘Total Wipeout Tour’ in Chester later this year could be an internet scam, the public are being warned.
The event, advertised for 4pm at September 26, has been promoted on Facebook over the last few days and promises that those who sign up will be able to take part in a ‘series of challenges' like those on Total Wipeout, the hit BBC TV show.
Ten thousand people have already liked the page promoting the Chester event.
It has sparked a huge surge of interest from people asking for more details and how they can sign up to get involved - but the page gives little to no details of exactly where the event will take place.
Instead, the only information given is that the purported event has no official links to the BBC’s show. Yet despite the lack of details the page urges people to join the event for more information and full listings, offering a form for interested parties to fill in.
A string of identical events supposedly taking place in other cities at similar times are also advertised online, but similarly give almost no detail, fuelling rumours that the whole thing is a hoax designed to take data from those who apply for it.
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Previously, data collected by similar events has been used to create a mailing list which is then used to spam those who have submitted their details with the lists sometimes sold on to other spammers or scammers.
A number of Facebook users have posted links to articles claiming the event is a scam, and advising others to avoid it.