Florida Parents Fall Victim to Easter Egg Scam

They say they were asked to pay in advance for 'Egg My Yard' deal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2022 8:20 PM CDT
Parents Scammed by Easter Egg Delivery Scheme
"How hurtful (a) person you must be to do this to a bunch of kids," parent Mitzi Cohen says.   (Getty Images/Alexander Lyakhovskiy)

(Newser) – A cruel scam left children in central Florida thinking the Easter Bunny had skipped their home, parents say. The scammed parents say somebody calling themselves "Sarah Honey" advertised an "Egg My Yard" deal on social media, promising to scatter eggs filled with candy or toys in yards, along with a note from the Easter Bunny, WESH reports. Parents who paid fees ranging from $20 to $75 in advance on Cash App, Zelle, or Venmo say they were devastated on Easter morning when there were no eggs in their yard, and the Facebook accounts connected to the scam had disappeared. Parents say the scam has been reported to police.

On social media, dozens of people said they had been scammed, leaving them with no eggs and no Plan B. Community members stepped up to help and delivered donations to affected families. "We received messages from people saying, 'Hey, I want to help. Hey, our church has extra eggs,'" Eileen Scates, whose sister was scammed, tells WESH. Many of the victims, she says, "are working moms, single moms, and they were working Easter so this [delivery] was going to be the highlight of their day." Scates adds: "Even though this thing happened that was terrible it was kind of nice to see the community come together."

  • In Canada, a police department did get an Easter delivery, but it definitely wasn't for kids. CTV reports that the Vancouver Police Department says the Easter Bunny left plastic eggs for a dog named Cash to find as part of a training exercise—and Cash got extra treats when he detected the one filled with heroin.
  • In Texas, the Austin Independent School District is reevaluating safety protocols after some children received eggs containing condoms, the Houston Chronicle reports. Parents say a mother who works at a pharmacy had dressed as the Easter Bunny for a safe-sex presentation. When she was "mobbed" by kids after going to pick up her second-grader while still in costume, she handed out eggs filled with candy, parents say. But when she asked her husband to bring more supplies, he grabbed the wrong eggs.
(Read more Easter stories.)

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