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Avoid Craft Show Scams

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Avoid Craft Show Scams

Craft shows can be a great opportunity for artisans and makers to showcase their unique creations and connect with customers. However, not all craft shows are created equal, and there are some scammers out there looking to take advantage of hopeful vendors. The number of scams are increasing each year; however, there are steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of these scammers.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips to help you avoid being scammed when signing up for a craft show, how to spot scammers on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, and what to do if you’ve been scammed. 

First, let’s talk about how to verify that a craft show is legitimate.

The easiest way to do this is to research the event and the organizers thoroughly. Look for reviews from past vendors or attendees, and see if the event has a website or social media presence that seems professional and well-maintained. You can also check with local business organizations or the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints against the organizers or the event. If the event requires a fee to participate, make sure you understand what that fee covers and what you can expect in return. 

Now, let’s talk about how to spot scammers on social media.

First and foremost, if someone reaches out to you unsolicited with an offer to participate in a craft show, be wary. Legitimate events will typically have an application process or open calls for vendors that you can find on their website or social media pages. Scammers may also ask for payment upfront or request sensitive information like your social security number or bank account details. Be especially cautious of any event that seems too good to be true or promises unrealistic profits or exposure. 

Be on the lookout for these red flags :

  • Poor graphic quality on the post.
  • This can be a sign that the images are stolen. Look for things such as mismatched font on event dates, misspelled words, incorrect grammar, fuzzy photos. If is looks suspicious, investigate further!
  • The person posting is too new.
  • Look to see how long the organizer has been a member of Facebook/Instagram and if in a group, how long they have been in the group. A lack of social media history may indicate a spammer.
  • You receive a personal message asking you to participate in an event.
  • Fully vet the person who sent the message. Do you know them or have friends in common? Are they associated with the event/organization? Check them out!
  • Request for payment is urgent or aggressive.
  • Many times a scammer will try to pressure you into sending a payment quickly or you will lose the spot or opportunity. Red flag- slow down and investigate!
  • Payment method using apps.
  • Scammers want a fast, easy, and possibly untraceable method to get your money. They may ask for money without an application or approval process to quickly reserve your spot. Don’t fall for this pressure.
  • Sounds too good to be true.
  • If it sounds too good, it may be a scam! Large, organized shows will charge booth fees accordingly. If you are offered a large booth at a multi-day show for a small fee, suspect a scam!

If you do suspect that you’ve been scammed, there are some steps you can take to try and recover your losses.

First, gather as much information as you can about the event and the organizers. This might include emails, social media messages, or any paperwork or receipts you have from the event. Contact your local authorities or consumer protection agency to report the scam and see if they can offer any assistance. You may also want to consider reaching out to other vendors who participated in the same event to see if they had a similar experience.  Report scammers to Facebook and group administrators.  

In conclusion, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself from craft show scams. Always do your research before signing up for an event and be cautious of unsolicited offers or requests for payment or personal information. By staying vigilant and informed, you can ensure that your experience as a vendor is positive and profitable. 

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