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New Students: Beware of Facebook groups luring new students into buying event tickets

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    I want to expose a vicious marketing scheme that's circulating on Facebook targeting new students luring freshers into paying for tickets for events. The groups and admins will pass themselves off as official groups for the university.

    Be warned, they are not, and the fact they're going to such lengths is concerning.

    Here's the admins of one group, all have profile images that make them appear legit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624...011/?ref=br_rs ... there's many like this.

    The sole purpose of these groups is so they can get new students to join in order to promote their events and sell tickets. Most of the time the events don't even happen, and if they do the events are very poor quality.

    You can see the amount of groups these people are creating for yourself by doing the following:

    1. Go to Facebook
    2. In the search bar type "Liverpool Freshers" (you can replace Liverpool with whatever city you like)
    3. A dropdown box should appear. Click "See all results for Liverpool Freshers"
    4. Click the groups tab

    Now, inspect the admins of these groups. You'll notice many are the same admins. The admins own the groups in different cities too. They target the popular universities and create groups based on them.

    These groups need to be shut down. I'm not even sure if what they're doing is legal but I wanted to make people aware of these groups and to avoid them.

    Maybe TSR could create an index of official freshers groups, like how they have an index of uni clearing numbers?
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    That's not a bad idea. I'm going to be contacting the met police today to see if what they're doing is criminal. I will also try to contact the Universities directly but I'm not sure if they'll be anyone available to help.

    I got kicked from one of many for my uni for saying I wasn't going to the aggressively marketed event on their page. There also seems to be a lot "freshers" on the page saying how they are going to said event and posting links saying there are barely any tickets left. From closer inspection these accounts are either fake or are paid to go into pages and post these links/comments.
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