Police have launched an investigation into a Christmas event following complaints that it’s a “scam”.
Irate customers have taken to social media, claiming they have been swindled by Winter Wonderland Stirling.
Some have even made the decision to cancel their bank cards following concerns they will be further scammed by what they believe is a “fake” event.
A Stirling Council spokesperson told STV News: “The council is not aware of this event and we have passed this information on to our Trading Standards team.”
Tickets to the “drive-thru attraction” – which was advertised to take place in Blairlogie – were priced at £12.99 per car for up to five people.
The ticket price reportedly included entry to a reindeer lodge, drive-in theatre show, access to an “enchanted trail” to see reindeer in their paddocks and stables, as well as a drive-through visit to the elves’ toy workshop and to see Santa.
In a statement on the event’s website, organisers said: “In a year when working together is so important, Mr and Mrs Claus felt it necessary to show everyone the magic of Christmas, while following the guidelines and keeping everyone safe and sound, in the comfort of their own vehicles.
“We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our land of wonder.”
Following concerns raised online, Winter Wonderland Stirling has since been accused of using the imagery and wording from a legitimate attraction in Wales.
On Sunday morning, Reindeer Lodge posted a warning on Facebook stating the police had been contacted along with ticketing company Universe.
Winter Wonderland Stirling’s Facebook page has been deactivated. The website remains active, however the ticket page has been removed.
Winter Wonderland Stirling was contacted for comment, however the email bounced back.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received reports of a potential scam involving a website advertising an event in the Stirling area.
“Enquiries are at an early stage.”