This weekend was supposed to be the Boston 411 Spring Home & Bridal Show, but it was cancelled at the last minute. Now police are saying that the entire thing was an elaborate scam that pulled in money from attendees and vendors, raking in more than $150,000 over the past five months. The scammers used a website, Facebook page and Twitter account to promote the event, used PayPal to accept payments, sold fake hotel room reservations and issued fake conference passes. Boston police and the FBI are investigating, but so far nobody has been taken into custody.
If you were a victim of the scam, contact the Boston Police at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a news segment from WPRI.com:
A real marketing and promotions company has taken the opportunity to mount a last-minute show this Sunday, and they’re offering free tickets and vendor tables to everyone who was scammed.
“Scam touted bogus bridal show at Hynes, police say” [Boston.com via CNET]
“Boston thousands scammed by fake bridal show” [WPRI via YouTube]