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Avoiding Freshers Facebook scams

The definitive guide to avoiding Facebook scams in the lead up to Welcome Month

A string of posts on unofficial Freshers’ Facebook pages have advertised fake or risky events, putting prospective students at risk of losing their money, being subject to fraud, and missing out on official events attended by thousands of students.

Facebook is often the first point of information for new university students, offering the opportunity to meet other applicants and arrange Freshers' activities. However, when scammers and genuine promoters set up 'Unofficial' Freshers groups, the danger arises of being fraudulent. These groups are not moderated by the Union and are often used by fake accounts trying to sell tickets to alternative or simply fake events. 

In some cases these sites may actually sell tickets to official or real events, but these will often be at inflated rates so that the creators can profit from freshers.

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So, how do you avoid these scams and Fake Facebook pages? Here are our top tips:

Be advised by the Union

  • We only promote and advertise official events that have been tested to ensure they are safe, student only and the best experience in the city.
  • We have three main nightlife partners in the city - Eskimo11.com who run our official events in venues across the city, Mr Miyagi's who are our official bar partner on Guildhall Walk, and the Astoria who are our official Nightclub Partner also on Guildhall Walk

Shiny graphics, no substance

  • A clear tell for these fake groups is often shimmering graphics, fake admin accounts featuring stolen photos, and lots of exciting words but often they have no venue listed, start time or ticket information
  • Often these groups start as something enticing to build a fan base and then change their name

Be aware of companies asking for your data

  • Never ever give out your personal data unless you are purchasing a ticket via a legitimate ticketing platform
  • Unsafe sites often use Google Forms in general to collect your data and provide no benefit to you
  • Most of them are likely to be in breach of data protection regulations and put your personal security at risk
Don't be fooled by the swell of fake events during the lead up to Freshers

Not sure what's endorsed and what's not? Here's our handy list of official communities:

  Freshers Page   Distance Learners Page   Returning Students Page

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