Uncut: Scam artist preying on prayer partners

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

It's springtime, so trees are budding... but so are the scam artists.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

This week, News 8's Todd Unger reported on a woman in Fort Worth who got a call threatening that if she didn't pay $350 that day, the sheriff would arrest her.

She's had payday loans before, and thought they were paid, but worried this might be connected, because the caller mentioned the loan company she'd used before.

But she was smart -- didn't panic, paid no money, and didn't get arrested.

It's happened a lot to people up north, and we're starting to hear more about it here. It turns out, others in her church got similar threatening calls.

High-pressure scammers got hold of church memberships lists, preying (with an "e") on members and threatening that they pay up now or deal with the sheriff.

There have been lots complaints about the calls, which were coming from a number in New York and a man demanding cash.

This is just a warning, because sooner or later, he'll call back. But now you are prepared to give him a little "blessing" of your own.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.

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