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31st Jul 2015

Galway Dealership Blasted with Accusations of “Fake” Car Competition

Epic fail of the highest order...

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A Galway car dealership is in the middle of a storm of controversy this afternoon following the culmination of a high-profile competition to win a car.

Audi Galway posted a Facebook competition on the 24th of July offering fans the chance to win a 152 AUDI A3 Cabrio for the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Fans were asked to “like” and share the post as well as tagging “a friend you want to bring for a spin”.

The competition post, designed to boost the Audi Galway social media presence, stated that the winner would be announced on Friday, July 31st at 3pm.

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This afternoon, a post crediting May Lydon as the winner appeared on the page, which boasts 40,000 fans.

However, eagle-eyed competition entrants soon spotted that there was no record of a Facebook user with that name. Shortly after alarm bells were raised, a new profile appeared boasting said name.

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The page has since been inundated with angry posts from others who entered the competition.

The winner announcement has been deleted, along with a host of other posts, but the original competition is still visible on the page.

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No public comment has referenced the controversy as of Friday evening at 5pm. Her.ie has contacted Audi Galway for comment and no response has yet been forthcoming.

UPDATE: 5.16pm
Audi Galway have posted the following message

The winner of the competition had been picked randomly from the huge number of entries we received. We hope they will enjoy the prize over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Posted by Audi Galway on Friday, 31 July 2015

UPDATE 18.57

A statement on the matter provided by Audi Galway reads:

The competition to win an 152 AUDI A3 Cabrio for the August Bank Holiday Weekend has been won by David Lydon.  

David and his mother May Lydon will collect the car tomorrow morning.  

Audi Galway ran the Facebook competition over the past number of days and David Lydon was selected at random as the competition winner.  Upon contacting David, he asked that the prize be presented to his mother May Lydon. 

Audi Galway announced May Lydon as the winner.  May Lydon does not have a Facebook profile.