The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has received word that an unidentified male subject is contacting local businesses and saying he is the “project manager/coordinator” for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

This subject is soliciting money toward the purchase of refrigerator magnets. This subject is NOT an employee of the sheriff’s office and the sheriff’s office is NOT soliciting monetary donations.

Business owners should NOT make a purchase in the belief they are helping the sheriff’s office.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas. The Association does have an annual fundraiser; however, that solicitation is done via U.S. mail only. The Association does NOT make solicitation calls via the telephone.