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Editor’s Note – if you are going to the game on Sunday send us a picture of the people in section 125, row 8. We’d love to prove once and for all that this whole thing is a scam.
Back in August we called out a scam being run on a Facebook page called New England Patriots Nation, which pretends to be some sort of official Patriots fan page. They currently have 122,000 followers and gain more by pretending to give away expensive tickets and gift cards to people who tag friends, share, posts, and buy their crappy t-shirts, by promising them entries in their non-existent raffle for non-existent season tickets and much more.
This is the generic t-shirt you get 12 entries for buying.
As you can see they get thousands of new followers because it appears in your feed when your friends comment on it or tag you. This is Greg Bates 101 shit. It’s an age old tactic that page administrators use to bring cheap traffic to their page. And probably hundreds of people buy their shirts, because they’re conned into believing it’s an official Patriots page. But when they announce who the winner is it’s always a generic, common name, that no one can look up. Like Lisa Anderson from Boston.
You would think they’d take a picture of Lisa, since she just won such a big prize. But Lisa isn’t real, and they’re just doing this to try to get people off the scent that they have no tickets.
Go ahead and look at their page. The August 23 and August 20 posts giving away tickets are gone. Since then they’ve posted some pictures every once in a while, but besides that they do nothing until another ticket giveaway. In reality, who would give away four season tickets five rows from the field that you could sell for over $20,000? People don’t give away season tickets when they have to wait over 10 years in line just to get them in the first place.
It’s weird that a “fan page” would go completely silent for months during the middle of the Patriots season. But they must not be selling enough t-shirts lately so they re-emerged this week with another ticket giveaway to the Vikings game. Look what section they’re in:
Section 125, Row 8. They sure do have a lot of tickets in section 125 don’t they?
This time it’s three rows back. They must own the entire section. What are the odds?
Those seats currently are retailing at over $400 in row 11 of section 125.
Notice how they don’t give you the exact seat number. They know that the person who actually owns those seats might see their post and call them out on their fraud. Notice how the tickets conveniently cut off before you can see the seat numbers, but you can see the section. And once again you get free booze and parking passes. Lisa Anderson is gonna have great time on Sunday.
The post had its desired effect. Look at all the comments, likes, and shares.
They incentivize you to buy t-shirts by promising 12 entries instead of 1-5 if you buy this hideous t-shirt linked in the post:
No one would ever buy that shirt on their own. They only buy it because they think it increases their chances of winning a ticket package valued at over $1,000. This is the definition of fraud, and it’s a crime. In reality they just used some website that prints out shirts on demand and they get a cut of it. They’re smart enough not to use the Pats logo for trademark infringement, even though the team that beat us twice in the Super Bowl also wears red, white, and blue.
Whoever is behind this page should be arrested, but if Facebook insists on being a publisher rather than a platform then they are the ones breaking the law by allowing this to stay up on their page.
Here’s what you should do:
- Spam the shit out of their page with this blog. Post it multiple times in the comments if necessary so people see it and we start spreading awareness. Watch how many of you get blocked.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to report an independent party alleging to give away non-existent Patriots tickets and conning people into buying Patriots gear from a non-affiliated vendor.
- Mass report the Facebook page by choosing “give feedback on this post” and then clicking whatever you feel is most likely to get it taken down. We went with spam this time, but we’ll report it a few more times. Normally we’re anti-reporting, but this isn’t speech, it’s outright fraud.