Local festival warns against scammers

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – A popular northeast Arkansas festival is warning its vendors about a new scam going around.

Organizers of the Cave City Watermelon Festival event say they were alerted last week to a scam over booth space, which has been sold out since April.

The scammers send Facebook messages to interested retailers saying there is still space available, which festival committee member Julie Johnson is easy to believe.

“People started getting attached to messages saying hey we’re going to sell you a seller spot, we’ve got it, and they’re giving people their email address and their PayPal info and they’re tricking people into their send money this way. You know, we had several phone calls last week and it started today.

Johnson says scams are detrimental to the Festival.

“It’s terrible. To me it’s despicable. Because they target our craft vendors, and these people, they put so much time and effort into what they sell and what they make , for someone to come in and try to scam someone for money. I don’t have the words for that.

Johnson said private companies still offer space in their parking lots, but to know where your money is going.

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