Plans to bring a water park to cities in Britain this summer appear to be fake the public is being warned.
A series of events that have appeared on Facebook named ‘Summer Safari WaterPark 2016’ - one of which is said to be planned for Southampton - bear a striking resemblance to a previous string of fake events that were designed to lure people to spam marketing websites.
The Facebook event postings popped up over the weekend and the one for Cambridge already has more than 22,000 people interested.
In March 2016, a series of events titled ‘Total Wipeout Tour’ appeared on Facebook asking people to register for various Facebook events across the UK that would replicate popular TV show Total Wipeout. However the events simply directed attendees to spammy marketing websites, claiming they needed to part with their personal information in order to register for the events.
And this latest batch of Facebook events, all of them titled “Summer Safari WaterPark 2016” then followed by the city name (including Cambridge, Norwich, Bath, Durham and Nottingham) appear identically suspicious.
Just like previous fake events, there are no contact details for the people apparently organising the series of events other than a free web-based Gmail address. There is no phone number, company name, physical address or any other information that could identify the people behind the Facebook events.
Additionally, the photo used to illustrate the events is from Wild Island Adventure Park in Nevada, USA.
On the Facebook event it states: “We will be secluding off an area to host our outdoor Water Park in your city, so lets Get Wet n Crazy. This Summer 2016.”
It claims those attending will expect water rides, slides, rapids, flumes and a mini-beach.
It also states: “Please note we do NOT request any data information, once we have licensing permission from the councils in every city, locations and exact dates will be disclosed.”