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Two 'Nuns' Are Showing Up at Peoples' Homes and Demanding Money. Now, This Church Has a Warning.


"It just depicts how desperate people are..."

A Catholic church in Lehigh Acres, Florida, is warning local residents to beware of two women who have been going door-to-door and asking for donations, saying that the aggressive solicitations appear to be a scam.

St. Raphael’s Church is speaking out to let the public know that two the two "nuns" who appear to be in their early 20s and who are showing up and demanding cash on behalf of the church are not affiliated in any way with the house of worship.

The church opened Saturday night mass by letting members know about the scam, which officials believe involves the use of nun costumes.

The faux-sisters are reportedly so insistent that some victims have told the church that they have followed them into their living rooms in a quest to gain cash and credit card numbers — and that they've even offered to take them to the ATM, if needed, WINK-TV reported.

Earl Smith, an area lector and Eucharistic minister, decried the purported scammers, noting that their actions show the depths of how low some will go in today's society.

"I just feel that whoever is doing that is taking advantage of the people, the parishioners at St. Raphael’s," Smith told WINK-TV. "It just depicts how desperate people are in the world, in our society, that they will go and try to use the Catholic church to use other people."

He said that their actions are disrespectful to the community, the Catholic Church and to God.


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