Alleged Scam Turns Out To Be Legitimate Operation

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

We often hear about scams but this time, the alleged scam turned out to be a legitimate operation.

They called themselves the "Hillbilly Team", a Relay for Life team of 18 family members trying to raise money for cancer. But after a recent fundraiser they called a Jail-A-Thon, two of these women thought they might be ending up in jail themselves.

The misunderstanding came after someone told police they believed these women were not a legitimate Relay for Life team which was certainly news to the Hillbilly Team after police sent a news release on their situation. As it turns out, police say it was all just a misunderstanding but it's left several team members a bit shaken.

"I didn't know what to think. I was so nervous. I said, oh my gosh, are they talking about us," said Team Member Deloris Taulbee.

"They have legitimacy, they are a team, so we do provide them with paperwork and documentation," said Leslie Hammer with the American Cancer Society.

The two team members say they had all the proper documentation with them at the time in question and just want to continue raising money for a cause that's so close to their heart.

Officials with the American Cancer Society urge anyone donating to check for documentation, and give checks or money orders, as opposed to cash. You can find more information on how to be careful in your giving by visiting or

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