Metro Detroit church loses thousands in possible scam

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 18:33:53-05

Police are investigating after a con artist ripped off Kensington Church in Troy.

According to police, the church received a $4,500 donation for hurricane victims on its website in October.

The donation for $4,500 was made on the church’s website in October. 

Later that day, police say Jamie Walsh, the man that made the donation, contacted the church saying he made a mistake and meant to donate $45. 

The church refunded the check for $4500, but days later, found out the man’s check was fake. 

“This is unique because it was an online donation; normally it's a charity that is posing as the scam artist, but in this case, they made a donation for a charity and asked for the money back,” says John Julian with Troy Police. 

Police have not been able to verify where the check came from. The man told the church he was from Memphis. 

No other churches have reported this scam, but police say they should be careful not to refund any money that has not been cleared.