Peoria venue victim of fashion show scam

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- If you bought tickets to a bridal or fashion show to attend in November, you may be out of luck.
 
"We had a sneaking suspicion about something being strange about two weeks ago when people came to us on a Saturday asking about a preliminary event," said Dan Schay of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Schay is in charge of booking the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts so he thought it was unusual when people started calling about an event he knew nothing about.
 
"Last two or three days we received a number of inquiries at our box office about an event on the eighth of November -- people wanting more details, our name being attached to it and we know nothing about it," Schay said.
 
The website www.thegirlnetwork.com posted that the "Winter Glam" fashion show would be held in November at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.
 
"I took to the Internet and I found the website and looked around the website, found a phone number called it, there was no human being at the other end of the line," Schay said.
 
3TV also tried to contact the website through phone and email but received no response. We also called the Goodyear Hampton Inn and Suites about a show thegirlnetwork.com advertises in November there. Tuscon's Arizona Inn is another alleged venue for a fashion show.
 
Both say the event was never booked at their hotels.
 
"It didn't happen," Schay said. "We don't have any money, we don't have anything to refund, we're a victim of it as well, but we will be here to meet people and greet people and tell them what's going on to the degree that we know it."
 
But should people arrive ready for a show, the folks at the Peoria Center of the Performing Arts will be ready to sell them tickets to their current production.
 
"The great irony is our current show on stage, which is very popular, is called 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.' It sounds like the people who were running this Winter Glam scam took that too much to heart," Schay said.
 
If you bought tickets or planned to be a vendor at one of these shows, you should call the Attorney General's office.