Two Beach churches scammed of thousands of dollars

WTKR.com

[ooyala code=”o4Z3RjYjp3qWfWJbPTFrLoHAR2i-nIHa” player_id=”55ce3a06495346ddb20768902d1e991c”]Virginia Beach, Va. – Two Virginia Beach churches have fallen victim to an elaborate scam costing them thousands of dollars.

Emmanuel Way of the Cross Church on Stoneshore Road and New Beginnings Apostolic Faith on Pembroke Lakes Circle both received the calls from the scammers in mid to late April.

The premise was the same: An out-of-state Bishop called the pastor of each church and said he had a relative who was moving to Virginia Beach with her family and he wanted them to be a part of the pastor’s congregation.

Fred Hill, pastor of Emmanuel Way of the Cross and Joseph King, pastor of New Beginnings, both say the “bishop” was very familiar with their churches and them personally, even claiming to have met them many years ago.

“He knew a lot about our church. The different associations that we were members of,” Hill said. “He also…

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