AUGUSTA — The Maine attorney general is warning churches and nonprofit social service agencies to closely scrutinize calls from people seeking help to pay their rent.

Attorney General William Schneider says his office has received several reports from church officials who have taken phone calls from people asking for money so they make their rent.

They appear to be scams.

He says in one case the caller requested $170 to pay rent on a home in Winthrop. It turned out the home was for sale, but still occupied by the owner.

The caller requests that payments be sent to the “land lady” whose address is a post office box in Washington, D.C.


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