Members of Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry in Jonesville want citizens to be aware of an incident in which an elderly couple was scammed by an individual claiming to be affiliated with Tri-C.
Heather Macy, director of Tri-C, was informed that a woman called an elderly Elkin couple at midnight Wednesday morning soliciting $42 on behalf of Tri-C.
“A woman called a retired couple at midnight saying she was with Tri-C, and that there was a couple and their six year old child that had been in an accident and they were trying to get them back from Yadkinville and needed 42 dollars to get them back from Yadkinville,” Macy said. “The person who called said she worked for Tri-C and needed the money right away and she came to their house and they gave her the money.”
The following morning, the victim realized that the previous night’s events seemed unusual, at which time she contacted Tri-C. The victim in this incident wishes to remain anonymous.
Tri-C confirmed that this was a scam, and the organization never solicits money over the phone. “As far as soliciting money, we never call on the phone and solicit money, we do it through churches, presentations, word of mouth, different fund raising events, we never call and solicit money over the phone and especially not at midnight.”
The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office is handling the incident.
“Our biggest concern is to let people know that this happened and to be aware of it, and if a similar situation has happened to let us know,” Macy said.
Reach Darcie Dyer at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.