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Scammers impersonating pastors to solicit gift cards, Texas AG Ken Paxton says

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said thieves are using church websites and church online bulletins to attempt to scam church members.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a consumer alert on Friday regarding a new scam thieves are using.

Paxton said people are allegedly texting members of a church saying they are priests or pastors and asking that the church members buy them gift cards for a false charitable cause.

“All Texans should be aware of unsolicited calls and texts from scammers impersonating leaders in their Church," said Paxton. "This is a dirty trick criminals are using to make a quick buck at the expense of people of faith. My office stands ready to assist all hard-working Texans who are harmed by these schemes. The consumer protection section of our website contains several resources on how to recognize, prevent and report scams like this. Being informed and remaining vigilant is the best way to prevent fraud and loss.”

The release went on to say it is believed the scammers are using information found on church websites or in church online bulletins to trick the members of the church. This is a scam where churches throughout Texas have been impacted.

If you would like to report a suspected fraud to the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-621-0508, or file an online complaint, here.

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