Impostors pose as battered women to scam money - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Impostors pose as battered women to scam money

Be on the lookout: two women are out to get their hands on your cash. Administrators at Hope Harbour say they have received calls about two women posing as residents of the shelter for battered women. The two women are asking people for cash or food items. 

We are told that they are posted out at major shopping areas like Columbus Park Crossing and Target asking people to give them money until Hope Harbour puts funds on a debit card for them. Lindsey Reis, assistant director for Hope Harbour, says that they do provide necessary essential for families but do not give them money.

"Financially we don't actually just hand over anybody any money...that's not how Hope Harbour does business," Reis said. 

Reis says that this particular scam has been going on for the past few months. She says residents of Hope Harbour have no reason to beg or ask potential strangers for money.

"We meet all of their basic needs. Food, toiletries, transportation, anything like that," Reis said. 

If you encounter these women Reis suggest not giving them money but have them call the Hope Harbour Crisis Hotline. That number is 706-324-3850. 

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