Coffee County battles new scam


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Scams are nothing new in the Wiregrass, but scammers are now targeting another group of people.

No matter how many times you hang up, they usually keep calling back.

“It’s a little annoying,” said resident Andrea Aponte.

“(I’ve dealt with) at least six today,” added resident Lori King.

Over the past few months, Coffee County has been fighting a variety of scams.

“Water, power, gas,” said Enterprise Police Lieutenant Billy Haglund. “We’ve even had warrant scams or scams relating to law enforcement.”

January 2019: Coffee County warned residents of a con artist that was calling and pretending to be a deputy while asking for money.

April 2019: residents were warned again about phone scams.

Now, three months later, there’s another scam in town and this time it’s targeting church members.

“They create emails that are similar to the pastor’s email and then send these requests asking for financial assistance,” said St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish’s Rev. Zachary Greenwell.

Rev. Greenwell told News 18 this isn’t the first time this has happened.

“The first time it happened I noticed that everyone who was telling me they had gotten these emails were people whose emails were listed on the website,” Rev. Greenwell said.

With the so-called “scam epidemic” growing, police are saying anyone can be a target.

“Anybody of any age really, but the social media scams target the younger generation,” Lt. Haglund said.

However, residents do have ways to avoid becoming a victim.

  1. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is
  2. Verify any calls you receive
  3. Report scams to law enforcement agencies

If you find yourself dealing with a scammer, Enterprise Police suggest filing an informational report or contacting your local law enforcement agency.

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