Police & Courts

Gift card scam targets local churches

Posted: Jul. 8, 2020 4:00 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy Police Department is warning residents about a gift card scam targeting local churches.

QPD said the scammers use text messages to contact church members and represent themselves as church leaders.

At the beginning of the text, they will ask the church member if they are willing to do a favor for the church. After getting a response from the church member, the scammer will ask the member to buy gift cards and then provide gift card information to the scammer via text message.

The scammer has contacted church members from several congregations, QPD said.

Before making any financial donation, QPD asks residents to confirm with the organization that any solicitation is valid.

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