According to the Hunterdon County Sheriff's department, event scams have been on the rise since the pandemic began. Recently the Hunterdon County Parks Department became aware of an advertisement on social media for three separate craft fairs at the "Hunterdon County Fairgrounds in East Amwell," according to MyCentralJersey.com. The Hunterdon County Sheriff's Department began an investigation after it was revealed the advertisement was a scam.
An organization advertised craft fairs for Autumn, Thanksgiving, and Christmas on social media sites. Vendors were asked to email the organization to apply, they then would receive a reply asking the vendors to fill out an application and make an electronic payment. The craft fairs never happened and they never will happen. Unfortunately many fell victim to this scam in Hunterdon County.
Before sending money to any organization claiming to be hosting an event in your area, check with local sources to make sure they have permission to hold the said event. Check for a company phone number and physical address, if these are missing the event and the company is likely fake. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) verifies businesses and is a great resource for checking in on companies and complaints.
Ultimately, if the event, job, or whatever it is seems too good to be true, more investigation may be needed. If you come across any suspicious offerings online be sure to report them to law enforcement by calling your local police department.
Mike Deak of MyCentralJersey talked to Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred W. Brown who admitted these scams are often quite detailed and appear legitimate.
Protect yourself by investigating company sources with the BBB.