11/26/2007 AT 08:20 AM EST
Despite what appeared to be a notice of cancellation on their very own Web site
, The Spice Girls insist they did not shelve plans to perform in Argentina as part of their reunion world tour, reports the BBC
In a statement, the group's rep is quoted as saying, "The Spice Girls would like to make it clear that they have not canceled their Buenos Aires show. A story has appeared on several Web sites that includes a fake e-mail and competition from the girls. The fake e-mail claims that due to the demand so far in the U.K. and the U.S. this show is going to be canceled."
The phony message also says that the band – whose tour's first leg starts Dec. 2 in Vancouver before moving on to San Jose, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston and then Manchester, England, and London (for 17 nights) – intended to hold "competitions for their South American fans to travel to the U.K. to watch a show."
Added the spokesman, "This is not the case, and this e-mail is 100-percent unofficial and has nothing to do with the Spice Girls."
– Stephen M. Silverman