AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – State investigators say thieves are using online information about Texas churches to pretend to be preachers and text parishioners appealing for gift cards for good works.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office on Friday announced a consumer warning in a scam in which victims buy gift cards and then provide card numbers to the crooks.READ MORE: Thousands Of Arlington ISD Employees To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine At Esports Stadium
The charitable requests are bogus.
Attorney General Ken Paxton said churches throughout Texas have been targeted using information from their websites or online bulletins.READ MORE: Woman Dead, 2 Children Injured In Shooting In Dallas
People pretending to be ministers call or text church members requesting gift cards for charity, but insist they can’t pick up the cards and falsely say the buyer will be reimbursed.
Specifics weren’t immediately released about the churches. Congregants suspecting fraud can file a complaint with Paxton’s office.MORE NEWS: North Texas Residents Taking Steps Forward Nearly 1 Year Since Pandemic Was Declared
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