ATLANTA — The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office opened an investigation into a potential scammer targeting food banks across the state.
This comes at a time the charities are most in need ahead of the busy holiday season.
Food banks are reporting a man is telling them he is affiliated with the Atlanta Community Food Bank – or their umbrella organization Feeding America.
“He’s been active across the state and in other parts of the country we need to put a stop to him,” said Kyle Waide, the CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Food banks are reporting the man, sometimes purporting to be a pastor, is luring the food banks to send money via a PayPal account, promising sought-after food like turkeys, hams, and hens for a small fee.
“But, of course, the turkeys and hams never show,” Waide said. “To get an offer like this that’s too good to be true of ham, turkeys, hens at impossibly low prices, it is incredibly alluring and it’s taking advantage of the good will of our community.”
“Man, I would love to meet this gentleman and pray for him … if you get my code,” said Afemo Omiliami, the COO of HOSEA Feed the Hungry and Homeless.
So far no one has been charged, but the Georgia secretary of state’s investigation is ongoing.
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