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DPD Questions taco festival

DPD questions taco festival
Posted on 07/30/2020
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July 30, 2020 (Davenport, Iowa) — The Davenport Police Department and City of Davenport have received several inquiries about an unconfirmed “Quad City Taco Festival | Davenport” festival in September.

The event in question appears on Facebook as the “Quad Cities Taco Festival | Davenport” hosted by “Quad Cities Taco Festival”. The Facebook event states the festival will be held September 27, 2020 at 12 PM through September 28, 2020 at 12 AM in “Downtown Davenport”. The Facebook Event solicits to have “The Quad Cities’ best TACOS in 1 major event!” and “over 50 tequilas to sample and of course margaritas and Mexican Beer, live Music, and More!”

Upon the Davenport Police contacting the supposed event organizer, the organizer provided multiple vague locations for the single event, one of which is not a real location and then promptly disconnected. The Scott County Health Department reached out to the supposed organizer and was provided a different location than what was provided to law enforcement. No precise location for the event has been announced on the Facebook Event.

As of Thursday, July 30, 2020, City of Davenport Officials, who provide permits for these types of events, have not received, issued or approved a permit for this festival. The Scott County Health Department, who would also regulate this type of event, has only received a vague plan and an incomplete application. The event claims that multiple local vendors will be participating. The Scott County Health Department has been in contact with many of the vendors listed as “attending” yet no vendors indicated that they have committed to the event. Also, as the event advertises alcohol, a license from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division must be obtained. No such license has been issued or applied for as of Thursday, July 30, 2020. These necessary permits require time to process and approve and the window for completing these applications is quickly coming to a close.

Sadly, fake festivals and events, as well as phony ticket sales have become a part of the strategy for scammers. The Davenport Police Department would like to remind consumers to fully check out festivals, events and tickets before making any purchase. Consumers risk losing money, and in some cases handing over credit card and other personal information to scammers.