Look Out for the Someone is Killed Scam

He is a new twist on some scams going around lately.  These have slipped into Texas, and may have been going around for a while.  A lot of people who have been scammed do not like to tell everyone that they were a willing "mark."

The basics of the scam goes like this.  Someone will call a good sized Church claiming they are a police officer (or similar official). They tell them that a parishioner has been killed.  They claim that there are some emergency expenses that need to be taken care of.  The shocked worker at the church tends to not stop and think to check to see if the "police officer" is legitimate.   So far, exactly how the scammers get the name of the parishioner is not clear, but many churches have directories of members and such.

If you get a call like this, verify it with the local police.  Take a few moments, that and check with the "victim" or their family members to see if it is real.

Whatever you do - stay safe!


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