House of Mercy of Columbus owner cautions public of scam - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

House of Mercy of Columbus owner cautions public of scam

(Source: WTVM) (Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A large crowd gathered in front of the House of Mercy as they held their Mega "Five" Giveaway for anyone in need of some personal items.

With a picture ID in hand, anyone was able to receive items ranging from home furniture, blankets and even food for your pantry only requiring you have a box or bag to take your items home with you. 

House of Mercy owner, Johanne Harris wants the public to be aware of a scam.

She says people are going around asking for cash on behalf of the non-profit organization.

They’re getting people to give them money by saying the House of Mercy is in bad shape.

Harris says that’s not how they operate at all.

You are asked to call the police if this happens to you. They are already aware of this situation.

You will know if this is happening if they approach you and ask for cash.

One of the people that is asking for cash is claiming to be the owner's nephew. 

Harris, says, "I want everyone to pay attention. Please do not give anybody any cash because the House of Mercy does not do business that way. What we do is write donor letters when we are in need. We write thank you letters for whatever check or money order we receive to help us out. We do not have people on the street soliciting."

For more information on the House of Mercy, click here

Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies

    Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies

    Friday, November 17 2017 5:11 PM EST2017-11-17 22:11:09 GMT
    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:41 PM EST2017-11-19 18:41:48 GMT

    An Atlanta television station says video secretly recorded in a nursing home in 2014 shows nurses laughing while they try to start an oxygen machine and an 89-year-old World War II veteran dies.

    More >>

    An Atlanta television station says video secretly recorded in a nursing home in 2014 shows nurses laughing while they try to start an oxygen machine and an 89-year-old World War II veteran dies.

    More >>
  • Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

    Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:33 PM EST2017-11-19 18:33:58 GMT
    Sunday, November 19 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-11-19 21:31:56 GMT

    After UCLA player's father minimized President Donald Trump's involvement in winning players' release from China, Trump tweets, "I should have left them in jail!".

    More >>

    After UCLA player's father minimized President Donald Trump's involvement in winning players' release from China, Trump tweets, "I should have left them in jail!".

    More >>
  • Woman convicted in hair weave killings collapses as guilty verdict read

    Woman convicted in hair weave killings collapses as guilty verdict read

    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:09 AM EST2017-11-18 13:09:51 GMT
    Shelby Isaac (Source: WMC Action News 5)Shelby Isaac (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Shelby Isaac was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting and killing E.J. Tate, his girlfriend Edwina Thomas, and their unborn child in January 2016. 

    More >>

    Shelby Isaac was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting and killing E.J. Tate, his girlfriend Edwina Thomas, and their unborn child in January 2016. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly