Scammer Poses as Clergy Member

Local News
Scam ALert_1543948282622.png.jpg

The Door County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a new scam targeting church parishioners. It involves a scammer posing as a clergy person and requesting gift cards via email. 

The suspect poses as a priest or pastor and sends an email to the parishioners requesting ITunes gift cards for someone battling cancer, according to the Door County Sheriff’s Department. 

In their most recent case, no money was exchanged. A savvy parishioner contacted the priest/pastor and notified them of the scam, deputies said in a Facebook post. 

The Door County Sheriff’s Department is advising people to verify any request for money they receive by text or email, no matter how authentic it may appear. Be especially wary of requests for pre-paid debit cards or gift cards.

It is nearly impossible to trace these or stop the transaction once the suspect has been given the card’s verification number. 

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Coronavirus News

More Coronavirus

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

Your Local Election HQ

More Election

Local Sports

Training Camp Report: Rodgers a 'professional thrower of the football'

Back to Football: High school teams kick off preseason practice


Training Camp Report: Defense holds in two minute, Love up and down

Blizzard Report

Timber Rattlers shutout by Cedar Rapids in series finale