(Markesan) Police in Markesan say scammers are doing their research on local churches and organizations, getting names of those involved with the church then using them for their own selfish ends. Two recent attempts involved local churches where the scammer sends an email or text message posing as the pastor or a friend asking for assistance to help a family member of a church member. They ask you to purchase gift cards to help. Police say the scammer will know your name and information, making it sound believable. They advise actually checking with the real person to make sure the request is legitimate and if it is not to contact friends, family, and church members to make them aware of the scam.