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Local Youth for Christ Chapter Scammed for Hundreds of Dollars

The organization says that a scammer posing as their Executive Director told staff to buy expensive gift cards before delivering the cards 'to another party.'

Posted: Oct. 22, 2018 3:08 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The local chapter of a non-profit organization says that they were scammed for hundreds of dollars on Monday morning by someone pretending to be their Executive Director.

Staff from the Rogue Valley Youth for Christ (YFC) began receiving text messages from a previously unknown number around 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning, with the first message signed "Bud Amundsen," the name of their Executive Director. The texts directed staff to purchase items for charity purposes.

According to the non-profit, two of their newer members purchased some of those items, and were instructed to "send it over to another party."

YFC said that they have been scammed for $1,000 in the scheme — and could have lost more than $7,200 if each targeted individual had responded.

“$1000 might not seem like a lot of money but to YFC it means the service to almost 30 kids in need!” said Sharre Whitson, YFC's Development Director.

The organization's administrators fear that the same scheme will be used on other organizations.

“I want the community to know this is happening. It is unfortunate that there are people out there that will take advantage of organization that are trying help kids in the community,” said Bud Amundsen.

YFC said that this is not the first time they have been targeted in their 54 years of operations, but "it is the first time the charity has lost revenue that was meant for kids."

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