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Burning Man scam targets Fyre Fest patrons

A ticketing scam flogging Burning Man passes is targeting those who went to the disastrous Fyre Festival last year.

Tickets for the Burning Man festival, which are not even on sale yet, are listed for $350 each by the scammers.

The festival’s organisers have warned anyone who has been contacted by NYC: VIP to avoid buying the tickets.

“Burning Man has not started selling tickets yet,” said Burning Man’s communications manager Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley, according to DJ Mag.

“We warn people extensively to only buy tickets directly from Burning Man or from trusted sources. This isn’t fraud directed at us, but rather at the individuals who are duped into purchasing the tickets.”

The scammers are reportedly targeting those who attended Fyre Festival, which took place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017.

Festival-goers paid between $1,500 and $12,000, with the promise of great music, yacht parties, luxury accommodation and gourmet food.

However, the event was a disaster with headline act Blink 182 pulling out, and patrons who had no way of leaving the island claiming that they were going without basic essentials such as secure accommodation, food, drink and electricity.

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