A SCAMMER was caught trying to sell fake pub table bookings for £15 each for when pubs reopen after lockdown.
The conman said punters would need to contact him to get into The Half Moon in Herne Hill, South London on April 12.
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A scammer was caught trying to sell fake pub table bookings at The Half Moon pub in Herne Hill, South LondonCredit: Google Street View
The fraudster posted on Craigslist claiming to have purchased all bookings at the pubCredit: Twitter
All pubs can serve pints outdoors from April 12, with Brits scrambling to book slots for boozers after Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday.
The fraudster posted on Craigslist claiming to have purchased all bookings at the pub in the week that boozers reopen.
He wrote: “Pubs are back in early April.
“I have taken the liberty of procuring all the bookings at the Half Moon Pub in Herne Hill SE24 9HU, from 12-close in the date range April 12-18.
“Love it or hate it, now you must pay for it. If you would like to enjoy our local pub with us, please get in touch ASAP. First come first serve serve. Serious enquiries only.
“£15 per booking. Email only to qualify each interested party.”
The Half Moon’s website is only advertising booking dates from May 17 – the date that all hospitality venues can reopen for indoor service.
Shocked local Ben Parker spotted the post and wrote on Twitter: “Whoa… is this for real?”
Fuller’s, who own the pub, confirmed that the post was a scamCredit: Twitter
Fuller’s, who owns the boozer, replied: “Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.
“It is a scam and we have reported it. Much appreciated. Fuller’s.”
The post has since been removed from Craigslist.
Some establishments have already started accepting bookings for the provisional dates and punters are snapping them up.
But many pubs have not yet set a date for reopening, having seen their plans stung before during November’s lockdown.
Pub chains Greene King, which has 1,700 pubs across the UK, and Wetherspoons, which has 900 boozers, have both told The Sun they have not set a date to open their doors again.
The Drapers Arms in Islington and The Edinburgh Castle in Manchester are among the smaller independent businesses planning on reopening as soon as possible.
Pub gardens will be able to open from April 12 under Government plans to ease lockdown