The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a scam and is asking that anyone who may have been contacted to call or email CID Sgt. Philip Slaughter at 972-825-4965 or

The case involves an unidentified male subject who has been contacting local businesses and soliciting money for refrigerator magnets.

The subject has said he is a “project manager/coordinator” for the sheriff’s office.

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 sheriff’s office is a member of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, which 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.