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Minecraft SCAM - Convention: Breaking It Down & How-To Prevent

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Level 67 : High Grandmaster Wolf
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   ! Warning !

YOGSCAST Bebopvox has the full rights and credits for this. I want to share it, because it's a serious theme to talk about it .

Let's start. 
[code]The event took place yesterday (promoted for being a 2 day event. Only happened sunday)
The event promised:
* 10 ps4 giveaways (only 1 was given)
* an Xbox one scavenger hunt (never happened)
* Starcraft competition (nh)
* $1,000 costume competition (took place)
* a competition to make 6 YouTube "stars" endorsed by the event holders (nh)
* $500 creation contest (nh)
* free lego minecraft giveaways (nh)
* competition for the "ultimate gaming machine" (nh)

And more events that never took place, as well as appearances from some YouTube persona and pixelmon. The site claimed to be sponsored by Nickelodeon, red bull, Xbox and big time rush but no hint of that taking place at the venue.

Of the events that did take place no cash was given as advertised. Any prize money people were able to win was dealt through paypal.

The convention was supposed to be held from 12pm - 6pm. The doors opened at 12:15pm with little to nothing displayed on the "convention floor." The show runners had to "cancel" events because they claim that the guests were rushing the doors trying to get in because they were so excited. However this was not the case because everyone had children with them and wanted them to be safe. They still felt the need to close the event down just before 3pm because people were getting angry on the amount of money they spent ($50 a ticket!) on tickets and hotel rooms/travel costs to go to this event that was not what they were promised.

There were no real checks of tickets and you can virtually attend the convention without having to show a ticket because the person at the door was a volunteer and didn't care to. There was no security, no real organization to any of the convention, and within half an hour angry parents were looting decorations (cheap cardboard cutouts of minecraft characters) in order to get their moneys worth.

Edit 1: getting more info to post here and editing what I have throughout the day

Edit 2: Event Info! http://imgur.com/a/aI72m#0 And while the website is still up - http://motmfl.com/

Last Edit: Thanks to the amazing minecraft community we have, word of this has been reached to Mojang and its staff and everything from here on out will play out as it should be. On a personal note I wish all the parents and those who paid to go to this horrid event (I did not for I was part of the musical act they had) get their refunds and another chance to bring smiles to your children's faces again after a disaster of a "convention."

This is the Facebook Group - Open if you want to see pictures, and more details.
This is the Reddit Post - Open if you want to see more details

How-to Prevent:
1. Don't pay your tickets with PayPal. It's harder to refund your money.
2. See if the meeting/convention is actually booked.
3. If you are not sure for something, please see if there's a contact number, email or something and search for more details.
4.Try to not go to a convention not agreed by Mojang/ or hosted by Mojang.

Guys thanks for reading. 

 I literally have no words to describe the amount of hatred that has built up from this. You don't mess with the hopes and dreams of kids. That is a territory that no human being should dare cross into. After watching this video and reviewing what was said by parents on the Facebook group; I'm in utter shock. There were comments from some kids on there too and it was utterly depressing. I do anything to make it up to everyone that went to that shambling mess. Even if I can't make something to compare to Minecon, I'd do the very best to make it better and I'm sure anyone else would do the same. Literally kids's parents payed over $100+ for one ticket to go there.

CreditBebopvox, YOGSCAST Bebopvox, Tribeam17

05/15/2016 5:17 pm
Level 1 : New Network
weren't they arrested?

The person who ran the thing.
If not, thats crazy.
They don't deserve the money. They are sick.
also thats illegal XD
03/29/2014 2:15 am
Level 34 : Artisan Droid
I hardly understand anything so could anyone explain me please anything in simpler language? No, i am good at english, but it was hard to understand what are you warning us about. Too much text.
03/29/2014 3:21 am
Level 27 : Expert Taco
There was a convention held in Orlando, FL that was suppose to be a big unofficial minecraft convention. However, everything was lie. The venue of the convention was crap and looked like it was using the props from a wedding party. They had promised a lot of big prizes such as ps4 and grand prizes for costume contests. None of this happened. Everyone was ripped off as the event lasted 2 hours and everyone was kicked out. All the checks given at the convention were cancelled by the dude that ran the convention. He also tried to do another one like this in New York but it was shut down, and website taken down, so no one could prove that it existed and therefore not get any type of refund. This is a shame as there was another contest where kids did a build off and 6 people were choosen as winners with the promise they would become the next big YouTube stars, however after the convention they said they weren't going to help the winners at all. This is a crying shame as they tried to look legit and raised the hope and dreams of little kids, just to turn around and ran off with all the money. The owner of the convention made a lot of money off this scam.

Well this is a sad thing, it will also make the steps made by parents and others that plan on going to conventions to do a lot more research and hopefully catch the red flags that show that it is a scam. It's sad something like this had to happen but it was bound to happen. I hope everyone that got scammed get thier money back, but it seems unlikely as this dude will try and cover his tracks.
03/29/2014 1:53 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Scribe
Mechanical Wolf
Everyone please read the blog on the website and look at the photos. You shouldn't be mad at the owner and sorry for the people but sorry for the owner and mad at the people. They stole the convention things and ran off! They ripped the cardboard boxes made for the scavenger hunt! They basically stole it all so quick that the convention was ripped bare within the 2 hours and the picture of the convention is from Channel 6 news and taken AFTER the event!
03/29/2014 11:14 am
Level 22 : Expert Dragonborn
How do you explain the false sponsors and the youtube star contest that promised impossible things?
03/29/2014 6:03 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Scribe
Mechanical Wolf
03/28/2014 8:05 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Architect
It's just not fair to the kids...
03/28/2014 1:13 pm
Level 20 : Expert Cake
Read the post on their website: http://motmfl.com/ it weren't supposed to be a scam.

EDIT: I watched the video... I failed...
03/28/2014 8:21 am
Level 41 : Master Pixel Painter
what convention?
03/28/2014 8:20 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Miner
03/28/2014 3:53 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Fox
I have to stop watching
I'm getting too worked up
*walks away screaming*
03/27/2014 7:25 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
The 1,000$ cash prize costume awards took place. A kid won with a huge creeper costume. They never got the money...
03/27/2014 6:53 pm
Level 23 : Expert Engineer
damn that sucks, The video of the kid getting to go there for his birday just broke my heart.
03/27/2014 6:49 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Fisherman
ok... wow... I mean... wow... thats just... wow...
03/27/2014 5:02 pm
Level 28 : Expert Nerd
Wow. Just... wow. This is terrible. Good that Mojang heard, though.
03/27/2014 4:06 pm
Level 23 : Expert Network
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