By Marwa Eltagouri and Herman Wong | Washington Post

A pastor in Alabama said he received a voice mail Tuesday from an individual falsely claiming to be a reporter with The Washington Post and seeking women “willing to make damaging remarks” about Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in exchange for money. The call comes days after The Post reported on allegations that 70-year-old Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl nearly four decades ago, sparking calls by some Republicans for him to abandon his campaign for the U.S. Senate in a special election to be held Dec. 12.

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Pastor Al Moore of Creola, Alabama, said that he received the call on his cellphone a little after 7 a.m. Tuesday from a private number, which he did not answer. The caller, claiming to be “Bernie Bernstein,” left a 27-second voicemail, which Moore played for local CBS-affiliate WKRG.

“I’m a reporter for the Washington Post calling to find out if anyone at this address is a female between the ages of 54 to 57 years old, willing to make damaging remarks about candidate Roy Moore for a reward of between 5,000 and 7,000 dollars,” the caller said in the voice mail.

The caller said he would not be “fully investigating these claims” but would make a written report. He said he could be reached by email at

Moore said he mentioned the call to a couple of members of the church and quickly realized that it didn’t add up. The caller first referred to himself as “Bernie” and then later gave his name as “Al.” Moore also sent an email to the address left in the voice mail, which bounced back.

His church, the Fountain Of Faith Baptist Church, posted on Facebook Tuesday morning about a call from an “Al Bernstein at the Washington …read more

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Alabama pastor says man posing as Washington Post reporter offered reward for dirt on Roy Moore

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