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2 Spanish men arrested for running ‘Game of Thrones’ scam site

Spanish police have arrested two men in Ibiza for operating a fake casting call for season 5 of Game of Thrones.


Brendan O'Connor

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 1, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 8:33 pm CDT

Spanish police have arrested two men in Ibiza for operating a fake casting call for season 5 of Game of Thrones. El Pais reports that the scammers may have made as much as €100,000 ($133,972) in a week.

The men created a fake website,, using a Web address derived from the email address offered by Fresco Film and ModExpoR, the production companies that are actually in charge of auditions (

Fresco Film and ModExpoR were aware of the scam fairly quickly, warning entrants away. “We have detected a fake website,” the production companies said a release made 10 days after the announcement that Game of Thrones would be filming in Spain. “Fresco Film and ModExpoR have only an email address,, and their Facebook pages as active channels to subscribe to the casting.”

The fake website directed applicants to a “premium-rate telephone number,” reports El Pais. Callers were placed on hold for six minutes or more, for which they paid over €10 ($13.41).

“The fake website was very similar to the official one,” a police spokesman told the Mirror. “The fans who were caught out assumed the phone number they called was part of the official casting call set-up.”

The primary casting choices for season 5 were announced earlier this week.

H/T Mirror | Image via frans16611/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 1, 2014, 12:39 pm CDT