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Police Investigate Email Fraud

On Tuesday April 21, 2020, the Gaston County Police received information about an email fraud involving a local church.

In this fraud, the suspect(s) have created a fake email address identifying themselves as Senior Pastor Jeff Long from Parkwood Baptist Church.  The suspect(s) are sending emails from the following address:  

frjefflong45@gmail.com

In the email, the suspect(s) request the recipient purchase eBay gift cards.  Once the gift cards are purchased, the recipient is directed to take a picture of the back of the eBay card and send it via email to the suspect(s).  These eBay cards are allegedly for cancer patients.  This is a fake email account. 

Citizens should report any email from this email account to the Gaston County Police.  Citizens are also encouraged to be cautious in responding to any email requesting gift cards/eBay cards be utilized as a means of transferring money.

The investigation continues.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. J. Shaw at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000. 

There is no further information available at this time.