Sikh Group Warns of Temple Shooting-Related Scams
An Oak Creek Sikh temple member lost about $1,900 in a scam related to the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, according to a police report.
After a Sikh Temple of Wisconsin member lost more than $1,900 to a scam related to the Aug. 5 shooting, a national Sikh group is urging members to be alert to similar scams.
According to an Oak Creek police report, an Sikh temple member told police he got a phone call from a person claiming to be from the FBI and White House.
The person told the temple member he wanted to buy him a house, pay for plane tickets to India and give him free medical insurance.
The temple member wired a total of about $1,900 to India, according to the report. After speaking with several people in the Sikh community, the member realized he fell victim to fraud.
The New York-based Sikh Coalition said in a news release that scammers may prey on the compassion of Sikhs across the country.
"We strongly urge the nationwide community to remain vigilant and alert to Oak Creek tragedy-related scams," the group said. "According to law enforcement, these type of scams may become prevalent in the coming weeks and months as criminals prey on vulnerable people who have also experienced trauma or loss."
Wednesday marked the one-month anniversary of the attack at the Sikh Temple, where gunman Wade Michael Page killed six temple members and wounded four others.
One victim, Punjab Singh, is still in the hospital. Froedtert Hospital announced Wednesday Singh's condition was upgraded to serious and he was moved out of the intensive care-unit.