Scam Artist Calling Bowling Green Churches

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Pastor Robert Weldon, of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, says: "They're trying to take advantage of good people who are willing to give. Give as the Lord requires us to do."

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is one of many churches in Bowling Green getting calls from a scam artist.

Weldon says: "Someone who identified himself as a pastor of a Lutheran church in Toledo, Ohio."

The caller told Pastor Robert Weldon that he is visiting with a dying church member in Toledo and couldn't leave. He then told Weldon a church member from Toledo was broken down here and needed assistance getting back.

Weldon says: "He may need to go on a bus. What he needed was, he needed some money. He needed a ride too."

The caller asks someone from the church to pick him up and bring him here, to the Greyhound Bus Station. He then says he needs $70 for a ticket up north. But he won't accept credit card payment for the ticket. He only wants the cash.

Mark Gilliam, of Living Hope Baptist church, says: "We would use a church credit card or something. But he could do that from a hospital room and he didn't seem interested in that. And that's what kind of set me off."

The scam artist called Living Hope too. This time the scam artist claimed to be from Cincinnati.

Gilliam says: "God gives us discernment. And I believe that something was not exactly right."

Both churches say scams are something that they see fairly frequently. They say it's unfortunate that scam artists take advantage of the giving nature of churches. But they say he will eventually have to fess up to what he's doing.

Gilliam says: "He'll answer at one point or another that's for sure."

If you have any information on the scam, please call Bowling Green Police Department at 393-4000.

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