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Beware of fakes! UEA warns against bogus events

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is warning current and incoming students and the local community to be aware of the many fake event listings appearing on social media.

Multiple Facebook pages have appeared in recent days advertising events which are either fake, or unofficial events not run or supported by the University and Students' Union.

The University is aware that recently a number of events and groups that claim to have a UEA affiliation have been promoted on Facebook but are not UEA or UEA Students’ Union events at all.  Staff have been in touch with Facebook to point out that these events have nothing to do with UEA.

Both UEA and the Students’ Union are asking people to check if events seem legitimate and to report them if in doubt.

Anyone who is unsure if an advertised event promoted on social media is genuine or fake can check the listings available online, on the UEA Events pages, UEA Students’ Union website, and the UEA Box Office websites:

UEA advises those in any doubt to check these sites against any UEA events advertised on Facebook to guarantee their authenticity.

For most shows in the LCR, Waterfront and Waterfront Studio, tickets will also be available from the following agents: Ticketweb, See Tickets, Eventim, Ticketmaster, Dice, and www.gigantic.com. Tickets will also be available to purchase in person at Soundclash Records on Benedict Street, Norwich for shows at the LCR, Waterfront and Waterfront Studio.

Jack Robinson, Campaigns and Democracy Officer at UEA Students’ Union, posted a message on the Union’s website, which said: “I want all of our students to make the most out of their time at UEA, and going to a variety events across the city is definitely to be encouraged. Just be on the look out for events that might not seem totally legitimate, be aware of who you're purchasing from, what kind of personal information they're asking for and whether it all seems too good to be true.”

If you think you have bought a ticket to a fake event you can report it to Norfolk Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.