Scammers posing as local priests, pastors in charity scam

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Reports from Midland, Waco and Fort Worth have revealed a charity scam on the rise. Scammers are posing as local priests and pastors in order to text and call local consumers asking for gift cards or wire transfers, allegedly for charitable purposes.

It is always important to be aware if someone approaches you asking for a donation, even if they claim to be a trustworthy figure or representing a good cause, to do your research before giving to the charity.

Charity scams were one of the top 10 riskiest scams that affected businesses in 2018, according to BBB’s Small Business Scams research report. More than 300 consumers reported charity scams to BBB Scam Tracker nationwide in 2018, with claimed losses ranging as far as $10 to $75,000.

Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas has the following tips to avoid falling victim to this scam:

• Ask questions. Ask the caller their name, what church they work for and what charity they’re collecting for. Some scammers may hang up, others may give you answers. Any reputable charity will be happy to pass along their information and let you make an informed decision before donating.



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