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News Alert issued to Jackson churches

It has been brought to the attention of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office of a scam taking advantage of local church organizations’ generosity. The scam involves one or more con-artists making an appearance and/or calling and trying to elicit money.

The story used is that a family’s vehicle has broken down or has been involved in an accident on their way home, usually out of state. To make the story more convincing, names and numbers of law enforcement, a tow truck company, or a mechanic may be provided.

When called, these subjects will sound convincing and make the story seem more plausible. However, this is just part of the scam and these officers and businesses do not exist.

As of April 11, two churches in the area have been approached. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office would like to reach out and ask all churches to contact our office to provide an email address for their church. This list will be used to strengthen relations between law enforcement and church organizations by encouraging communication and sending out alerts when needed.

Church organizations are asked to call or email their contact information to Senior Deputy Dwight McMahan at (828) 631-1123 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Any church who has been approached is also encouraged to call Deputy McMahan and file an incident report.


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