Many of our South Carolina United Methodist Churches are reporting a scam artist who has contacted them using not only Bishop Bledsoe’s name, but also Bishop Holston’s name in their schemes.
In the scheme The Bishop claims that their niece “Rosa Allen” (who supposedly works for the federal government) is either traveling through, or moving to the churches area and has broken down and is in need of assistance. “The Bishop” asks the church for assistance in getting her car fixed which is usually at a Firestone.
The mechanic will only accept money order or debt card.
The phone calls are usually coming from these numbers 404-821-0437 and 323-742-1110
Please be aware and use caution in these types of matters. If there is any need that Bishop Holston or other Bishops might have, the info will come directly from the South Carolina Conference Episcopal office. If you or any of your pastors or churches should receive a call for help from a Bishop or their family, do not accept it as fact. We would ask that you alert us to any calls that you might receive requesting money or assistance of any kind.
Our Conference Chancellor also reminds us to copy the phone number that may pop up on your phone should you receive a scam call and provide it to the conference office so we might get the law involved.