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Summer Safari Waterpark event 'coming to Belfast' removed from Facebook over scam fears

By Claire Williamson

Have you clicked on a Facebook event for a touring Summer Safari Waterpark claiming to be coming to Belfast?

Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service has warned that this event appears to be a scam.

The event claimed it was asking permission from Councils across the UK to host the event and has since been removed from Facebook.

Belfast City Council confirmed it had not been contacted with an application to hold the event.

The page said: "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!!"

But according to reports the image used appears to be from a waterpark in Nevada in America.

In a post on its Facebook page the Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service (NITSS) said clicking to say you are interested in the event can leave your page open to a "data mining scam".

It said: "Clicking a button to say you are "interested" may seem harmless, but, even though the creators of a Facebook event do not explicitly ask for personal details, they can comb through the profiles of those "interested" or "going" and pull personal data from their profiles without their knowledge.

"They can then do with this data what they like, including selling these details on to online spammers or scammers. This is referred to as a data mining scam.

"Until the legitimacy of this individual event can be confirmed, as a precaution we would advise not to interact with it if you see it on the newsfeed.

It added that the event appears to be similar to many others that were publicised on Facebook and have never materialised.

It added: "This event appears to be similar to the "open air cinema" and "slip and slide" events that were meant to happen in Belfast last year but did not materialise.

"There are another 33 of these waterpark events advertised on Facebook in the UK and Ireland for this summer, and some Councils have already raised concerns as they have received no applications for licences from the event organisers."

Last month there appeared to be a similar scam where thousands of people who signed up to take part in a 'Total Wipeout Tour'.

Read more:

'Total Wipeout Tour' promoted on Facebook tricks thousands in apparent scam 

The so-called 'tour' was publicised heavily on Facebook, and promised to bring the obstacle course from popular BBC gameshow Total Wipeout to various locations across the UK.

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