Coldplay and Queen Facebook events triggers scam warning

Coldplay fans in Adelaide have been caught in the whirlwind of anticipation for a concert that, regrettably, isn’t happening.

In a world where the excitement for live music has never been higher, Coldplay and Queen fans in Adelaide have been caught in the whirlwind of anticipation for two concerts that, regrettably, aren’t happening. Two relatively newly created Facebook events are gaining momentum as people RSVP, which encourages their friends to do the same.

The first event titled “Coldplay – Adelaide” promised fans a show at the Adelaide Oval on November 29th, 2024. However, this event has been flagged as a scam, with Coldplay having made no such tour announcement for Adelaide. The misinformation has spread rapidly, prompting a warning to fans about the dangers of this deceptive event.

The organisers behind this fictitious event are two relatively unknown entities, “ColdplayWorld,” boasting a mere 107 followers, and “Concerts Nation Australia,” with only 197 likes. Despite the lack of credibility from these organisers, over 7,000 fans have already expressed their interest in attending the non-existent concert. This high level of engagement underscores the emotional investment of fans and the persuasive power of social media platforms in spreading misinformation.

The scam cleverly exploits the disappointment felt by Adelaide fans after the official Australian tour dates for 2024 only included Melbourne and Sydney, leaving out Adelaide entirely. As it stands, all Australian dates are completely sold out, so any links at all would appear to be of the “too good to be true” nature. This longing for a local concert has made fans particularly vulnerable to such scams, as they clutch at any hope of seeing their favorite band perform live in their city. The organizers of this scam have capitalized on this sentiment, fabricating an event that has quickly gained momentum and attracted a significant number of followers.

Authorities and consumer protection agencies are urging fans to exercise caution, emphasizing that Ticketek is the only official seller of Coldplay tickets. Fans are advised against purchasing tickets through any links shared on Facebook or associated with the event organizers. Engaging with the scam event, such as liking or RSVPing, could inadvertently spread the deception further, potentially ensnaring more victims within one’s network.

A second more recent Facebook event has sprung up, titled “Queen + Adam Lambert – The Rhapsody Tour” which is rapidly gaining momentum. Scheduled for November 4th 2024, it claims the event is happening at Memorial Drive, however a representative from The Drive has confirmed this concert is not scheduled to occur.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of verifying event information through official channels. In the digital age, where excitement can be manufactured and spread at the click of a button, fans must remain vigilant against scams that prey on their passions and aspirations. The allure of seeing Coldplay or Queen live, with their history of spectacular performances and hit-packed setlists, is undeniable. However, this allure should not lead fans into the traps set by opportunistic scammers.

In light of this scam, fans are reminded to stay informed and cautious, ensuring their excitement for Coldplay’s live performances is matched by a commitment to safety and skepticism towards too-good-to-be-true offers. By adhering to official announcements and purchasing tickets through recognized vendors, fans can protect themselves from the disappointment and financial loss associated with online scams.

While Adelaide isn’t a tour destination, fans can still travel to Melbourne or Sydney to enjoy Coldplay’s tour (remind anyone of Taylor Swift?). More details at Ticketek here.

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