An Eat Out to Help Out restaurant today issued a scam warning after a woman offered to sell tables at fully-booked venues on the final day of the scheme for £20 each.
The woman – using the name Susan Scott – claimed to have reserved 25 tables at seven booked out restaurants on Bank Holiday Monday, which is the final night of the scheme.
‘Susan’, from Blackpool, Lancashire, took to Facebook to offer the reservations. It is not clear if she is a scammer or a prankster.
A number of the establishments have now confirmed the bookings do not exist and that their restaurants still have space on Monday.
Michael’s Indian restaurant and Miller & Carter Steakhouse both confirmed the supposed bookings do not exist.
A Miller & Carter spokesman said: ‘We are aware of this and these tables are not booked so please do not pay any money anyway.’
Social media users have hit out at ‘Susan’, accusing the person of running a fake account and being a ‘troll’.
It does not appear anyone has taken the offer up and parted with their money in exchange for the fake bookings.
‘Susan’ made the post on a private Facebook page called Blackpool Take Out Reviews yesterday.
The user wrote: ‘Right weeks ago I booked loads of tables for final night of Rishi deal, and now selling them, all these are booked for certain times and amount of people, thought it would be worth making a few quid for final night.’
The post offers nine places at two Miller & Carter Steakhouse restaurants for a total of £50.
The individual also advertises a table for two at a Chinese called Jade’s Delight at 6pm for £10 and a bistro called Winstons at 7.30pm for the same price.
Finally ten places at three different Indians, Micheals, Gurka and Baby Kingfisher, are offered for a total of £80.
‘Susan’ concludes the post: ‘Inbox me for payment details and surname will be given once payment made.’
‘Susan’s’ post, which many people say is a joke, has attracted 456 likes and 748 comments.
Nicola Sorah said: ‘I take it this is a joke?’
Jessica Leigh Westrop posted: ‘I am so worried about how many people are taking this seriously.’
Alex Roper added: ‘Funny how many people thinks this is real.’
Felicity Martin said: ‘As if anyone is going to pay you for a free table.’