Essex County Fair email hacked, sent out fake message

The Essex County Fair will be held Aug. 8-12.

The Essex County Fair will be held Aug. 8-12. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Authorities said that those who called the fair office did the right thing, and that anyone who receives an email or Facebook post similar to this should be suspicious.

“We recommend that people do not respond to any of the web posts or emails,” Essex County Undersheriff Michael Badger said. “You should call the family as opposed to trying to do something over the Internet.”

Badger said that when people take a minute to really think about the email, they usually really that it is a hacker’s work “99.9 percent of the time.”

“Who would send, or be able to send, an email if they were overseas and locked up or in trouble?” Badger said.

Fair webmaster Lyn Lobdell said that the website was hacked earlier in the month, but that the security and passwords to the site had been changed and should now be secure.

“With the email, they created an account where the address had two i’s in the word fair (countyfaiirfun instead of countyfairfun), so people would glance right over and not notice it,” he said.

Rand, who spoke with The Valley News from her home in Elizabethtown (not a hospital in Spain), added that the fair planned to keep the email address the same through the end of the Aug. 8-12 annual events.

“There are so many people using the address right now to prepare for the fair that we are going to try and keep it the same at least until the fair is over,” Rand said. “If we are still having problems, though, we will change it before then.”

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