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April 3, 2013

Jefferson County Sheriff searching for suspect in latest scam incidents

Man claims to be chaplain, asks for money

BIRMINGHAM — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is alerting the public about a scam involving a man who claims to be a chaplain with the sheriff's office. Deputies have received at least three separate reports and are working to identify the person involved.

The scam works like this: a man enters a business and asks for help. He is well dressed and often wears a cross lapel pin. He tells his victim that he is chaplain with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and has run out of gas. He tells them a family member is either in jail or the hospital. In his rush to help them he claims to have left his wallet and credit cards at home.

The Sheriff's Office wants the public to be aware of this scam and to know that this suspect is not affiliated with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Anyone affiliated in such a manner with a law enforcement agency should have proper identification, including a photo ID.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect involved in this scam should contact the JCSO at 325-1450.

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