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Scammer poses as Fountain City church pastor to trick people to buy and send gift cards

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A scammer posed as the pastor of a Fountain City church and sent messages saying he was collecting gift cards to support a sick church member.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A member of a Fountain City church received some strange messages on their phone recently. Someone was posing as the church’s pastor and was asking for gift cards.

“On Sunday night, I got a phone call from a church member show said, ‘I got a strange text from you,'” said Reverend Ande Myers, at Central Baptist Church.

The scammer said they needed the church member to purchase Apple gift cards for him, claiming he was busy helping someone who was sick with cancer in the hospital. 

Myers had only been at the church for two weeks when the scammer…

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