First Baptist Church being used in scam

A new scam has hit some Columbus neighborhoods in the past few days.

Two men are going door-to-door in the Midtown-Wynnton areas and asking residents for money on behalf of a First Baptist Church member facing surgery. They also tell people the church is having a fund-raiser two weeks from now.

"We would never do that, ever," said the Rev. Jimmy Elder, the senior pastor.

Several people who've been approached have called the church since Tuesday to inquire about the fund-raiser. Church secretary Margie Buchanan said she's not sure if the men have been able to collect any money — but that the solicitation is not coming from First Baptist.