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Giddings warns of fake Justin Timberlake offers

Email scam is latest in a number of attempts by fraudsters purporting to be booking agents.

By IQ on 01 Dec 2017

Agent John Giddings has warned promoters to beware of a scam going round offering non-existent dates for a US tour by Justin Timberlake.

According to Music Week, an email purporting to come from Giddings, who represents Timberlake for the UK on behalf of Live Nation, invites recipients to contact the sender for more information.

“Every promoter in the world is emailing me saying, ‘Is this true?'” Giddings told the publication. “They keep trying to close down the website or the email address, but they keep changing it. Somebody, somewhere is going to get conned in to giving some money. It’s incredible the amount of emails I’ve had about it, it’s unbearable.”

In September, several promoters received an email claiming to be from ITB agent Lucy Dickins, offering fake European dates for shows with Adele.

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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