The Holiday season is here, but with that, comes people trying to scam others out of money.
County Judge Joe Fauth, speaking recently at Commissioner’s Court, warned of people posing as county officials asking for gift cards, which has been a scam locally the last few years.
“There is a sickness in the minds of some people, that try to take advantage of elected officials, asking for donations, and so forth. So, I would say, Commissioner’s, be on the lookout. Citizen’s, if you receive an email from Judge Joe Fauth, requesting gift cards, financial donations or anything, no, that is not a legitimate request. And, I would ask that you notify our office if that is occurring,” said Fauth.
Judge Fauth said he received a text from another judge over Thanksgiving as well, asking for gift cards. He says if the perpetrators are discovered, they will pursue legal action.
“We just need to be aware, we need to be alert. People are going to take advantage of the season, and folks’ generosity and desire to give. Just make sure it is a legitimate give before you do,” Fauth said.
A reminder that County officials will never ask you for gift cards, or to pay fees or fines with gift cards.
If you see any such activity, report it to the county at 936-873-4404.