Attention Storytellers: Scam Alert

If you receive an invitation to perform at our festival, and it is not from a email address, then it is a scam.

We have received a number of reports of storytellers being approached to perform coming from emails purporting to be from ourselves but not using our email address. Typically, they take wording from our website and promise payment and accommodation in return for a copy of your UK visa. We’ve had reports that further correspondence has lead to requests for advance payments from artists to secure the performance.

Whatever you do, please do not pursue the invitation any further. We’ve alerted the UK Fraud Squad about this, and perhaps you can do the same in your country and report it to the relevant email provider. For example, if its from a gmail address you can report it here

This is an excerpt of an example we’ve been sent:

I would like to invite you to perform/tell your stories at Beyond
the Border – Wales International Storytelling Festival 2019.Beyond the Border – Wales International Storytelling Festival 2019
Will Provide The Following Below:
1) Hotel Accommodation.
2)Round-trip Air- ticket to United Kingdom.
3)Remuneration fee of £3,500 GBP
4)Local Transport within UK
5)50% Performance Deposit Upon Signing The Contract
6) Back Line Gearperformance Date/Time: (1) set approximately 1Hour in length date:
(20th June 2019 .Time: 5:00pm—6:00 pm)Kindly confirm/provide the following details below to enable us
confirm your Participation/Contract agreement.

1)Your Full Name
2)Your Contact Address .
3)A Scanned Copy Of Your Permitted Paid UK Visiting Work Permit Papers
4)Contact Phone Number