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An email purporting to come from agent Lucy Dickins is offering European promoters new Adele live dates in February, despite there being no plans for a new tour
By Jon Chapple on 18 Sep 2017
Several promoters have received emails from a scammer masquerading as Adele’s agent, ITB’s Lucy Dickins, offering non-existent European dates next February.
The fraudulent tour avails, which come from firstname.lastname@example.org (note the “l”), are for 1–29 February 2018. Adele’s last tour, Adele Live 2016/2017, wrapped up in June with two shows at Wembley Stadium in London (two further dates were postponed indefinitely after the singer suffered damage to her vocal cords).
The email, forwarded to IQ, opens:
I’m happy to present you the following tour,of one of the the finest singer of our generation [sic].
In case you’re interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
According to the email, promoters would need to provide a travelling party of 20 people (!) with flights and local transport, a hotel (“4**** min. 20 singles rooms”), catering and backline. There is no suggested fee, but ‘Dickins’ is apparently open to offers.
A similar scam involving Mark Knopfler surfaced last year, with promoters, mainly in South America, being offered Dire Straits shows by fake agents. A spokesman for Knopfler said at the time there are “no plans whatsoever” for any shows by Dire Straits, who disbanded in 1996 and have not played together since a charity gig in 2002.
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