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November 10, 2017 05:03 PM

Real Or Fake: Sioux Falls Crab And Chowder Festival

Famous steaming clam chowder bowls, fresh crab and other seafood selections - this is what an event on Facebook claims it will serve up in January in Sioux Falls. 

But is the Mo's Crab and Chowder Festival real or fake? Many of you have been sending KELOLAND News that question and our Investigative team has an answer.

Mo's Crab and Chowder Event Sioux Falls hosted by Zelebrations according to the Facebook post. More than 800 people have said they're interested in the event on Facebook. 

However KELOLAND News Investigates found several red flags:

If you click on the event sponsor Zelebrations - it brings you to a Facebook page where Mo's a one-star review. 

The event is listed at 101 N. Reid Street in Sioux Falls. There is no such address that we can find in Sioux Falls. There is a 101 S. Reid Street. That is the CNA building located at 8th and Railroad. 

Scroll down and you'll find more details about the location. It's happening at the Building Event Center. KELOLAND News can't find any place in Sioux Falls matching that name. 

The event page also says "Event Center is a 501 c3 not-for-profit corporation." 

KELOLAND Investigates can't find anything registered with the Secretary of State's office. 

Another thing to note: nowhere in the post is there even a claim that the event raises money for any charitable cause. 

Several websites have offered tickets, but since we started looking into this story a few have been taken down. 

If you call the support line for the ticket website, an automated message that the number is not in service comes on. 

As you probably can tell, this event is fake. It's not just here - Another similar event is listed in Kansas City.

It looks like the con artists got the idea from a real event in Oregon.  The Better Business Bureau says the Crab and Chowder Festival is going 20 years strong. 

The BBB is looking into it and says there is a silver lining for those who may have fallen victim. You had to pay with a credit card. 

They recommend calling your credit card company and let them know this is a scam reported by us and many of the websites are already taken down. Ask to dispute the claim and get a credit back. The BBB also says you can give them a call. 

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