Ailis Vann

Ailis Vann

PALMER — The Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce recently issued a press release warning the public of a new string of scams conducted over social media sites like Facebook.

According to Palmer Chamber Executive Director Ailis Vann, two posts from two different profiles claiming to be booking vendors for events like Colony Days were brought to their attention April 5. Vann said these scammers asked for money and managed to trick several vendors under these false claims.

“Sadly people did it and got ripped off… It’s a sad situation because things have been hard for people and then this happens,” Vann said.

Vann said the Chamber believes these scam accounts were created for the sole purpose of extorting money from people. She said the chamber advises the public to stay vigilant when registering for or sending money to an individual, especially those claiming booking for a long standing Palmer Chamber event.

Vann said an important thing to note is that the Palmer Chamber would never solicit nor accept payment through social media. She said that people should call them directly if they have any questions or concerns.

“We want to see people’s businesses thrive. We want venues to sell their wares. We want to make sure people reach out to the chamber to see if it’s legitimate,” Vann said.

According to Vann, Colony Days and other staple summer events in downtown Palmer like the Midsummer Garden and Art Faire are moving forward as planned. She said they’re excited to bring these community gatherings back after having to cancel them due to COVID-19.

“We’re moving full steam ahead, so people can look forward to those events this summer,”

For information on official Palmer Chamber events, visit palmerchamber.org

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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