Magazine article Screen International

Beware Cannes Scams - Redux

Magazine article Screen International

Beware Cannes Scams - Redux

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Those emails offering amazing Cannes accommodation deals might look authentic and persuasive, but pause before replying. Crooked operators are still busily ripping off festival and market guests in 2012.

I am sure I am not alone in receiving countless unsolicited emails from companies offering incredible deals on accommodation in Cannes. Often brandishing the official festival and market logos, these emails feature images of apartments just minutes from the Croisette and, for latecomers who need to lock down a room fast, they are sorely tempting.But hold on. Before you send off that email enquiring about availability, be aware that crooks are out there ripping people off year in, year out, and apparently untouched by the long (or in this case, apparently indifferent) arm of the law.This time last year, I wrote a blog piece called "Beware Cannes Scams", explaining that two producer friends of mine had lost [euro]3,600 when they booked an apartment through a company called Euro-Events. Although they initially spoke to a representative of the company called "John", Euro-Events soon became unreachable when the money was banked and it was clear no apartment was being offered. Despite entreaties to the Fraud Squad in the UK, the FBI in the US and Interpol, no law enforcement agency took responsibility for chasing down the fraudsters.

The response to the story was dramatic and surprising.

I was contacted from tens of people from around the world telling me that they had also fallen victim to Euro-Events (specifically "John"). …

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