A church in Chesham has been victim to a scam and has warned members of the public to be wary.

A Facebook post shared at the start of this month indicated that a craft fair event was due to take place at the town’s Broadway Baptist Church on June 1 and 2, and those who want to have a stall must pay £40.

To book a space, they must click on a link to make the payment.

However, the church has admitted that they have no knowledge of the event, and have asked members of the public not to give any money away via the link.

This comes after members of the Chesham community called up the Broadway-based place of worship for more information – some believing that the event was genuine.

In a statement shared on Tuesday, April 9, the church said: “It has been brought to our attention that there is a scam involving our church and a craft fair event.

“We are not holding a fair in June.

“Please do not part with any of your money.”

A church member also told the Free Press ‘no event is taking place’ and if an event did take place, ‘it’s not with them’.

The scam post, which was shared on Facebook by the user ‘Zenah Hopes’, has also made its way into other pages on the site.

On April 9, which was the same day when the church scam was first made public, a message shared on the ‘Welcome to Aldridge’ Facebook page stated that someone by the same name was promoting a craft event at a primary school in Walsall.

Bucks Free Press: It was made first aware at the start of AprilIt was made first aware at the start of April (Image: Facebook)

This too was also confirmed to be a scam, and those in the Midlands are being told to be careful.

Two days prior on April 7, a similar message about a fake event was posted in a group that was catered to those living in Norwich, with another post being made 24 hours later – this time to those living in Ipswich.

Each post has either targeted a church or a primary school – two locations that have been known to hold events of that ilk.

Additionally, another statement about the fake event was published on a Newton Abbey page.

Bucks Free Press: A post that was made on Facebook at the start of AprilA post that was made on Facebook at the start of April (Image: Facebook)

Newton Abbey is a civil parish in Devon, some 209 miles away from Chesham in South Buckinghamshire.

Another post was about an event in Ormskirk in West Lancashire.

According to UKFinance.org.uk, over £1.2b was stolen in fraud cases during 2022, with around 80 per cent of crimes starting via the internet.

To report a fraud, call 0300 123 2040.