Facebook removes Norwich water park adverts over scam fears

The Facebook page of the waterpark event for Norwich. Photo: Facebook/screenshot

The Facebook page of the waterpark event for Norwich. Photo: Facebook/screenshot - Credit: Archant

Advertisements for a water park event across the UK, including in Norwich, this summer have been removed from Facebook amid concerns it is a scam.

Thousands of people had expressed their interest in the Summer Safari Waterpark 2016 event advertised to be taking place in a number of cities.

More than 2,000 people signed up for it in Norwich, but the city council said they had no knowledge of it, and the Trading Standards Department warned people to take care before they register for the Safari WaterPark Tour 2016.

Facebook confirmed the pages had been removed after being reported by concerned readers.

Once such 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!!'

However a number of readers spotted that the image accompanying the ad appeared to be of a water park in Nevada in the US.

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Warnings from readers remain online, noting that the organisers did not provide contact details on the Facebook pages and there was no phone number, company name or address that could help identify those behind the project.

It comes after similar concerns were raised about a promotion for a non-existent tour based on the BBC's popular Total Wipeout series which proved to be fake.

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Facebook later disabled the page.

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