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Scammers use bogus police group to raise money

Posted June 24, 2010

— Police warned Fayetteville residents Thursday of a scam involving phone solicitors who claim to be representing a police foundation and accepting “donations” under false pretenses.

The scammers use the guise of The Officers Down Foundation to obtain money, police said, noting most reports indicate that the calls are coming from the 727 area code in Florida.

Police said that anyone who receives phone calls from someone claiming to be from the organization should take down the information and report the incident to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Residents should make donations only to charities that they have researched or are familiar with, police said.

The Fayetteville Police Foundation supports the Fayetteville Police Department, and Executive Director Robert Grover can be reached at 910-423-3731.


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  • Firegal Jun 24, 2010

    Rockermom, the Police Benevolent Association is legit and can be very useful to officers. I pay monthly dues so we can have the benefits. You never know these days when you will need their help.

  • teach4ever67 Jun 24, 2010

    This group has cast its net as far over at the Wayne County area as well. I received a call last week, but since I did not recognize the organization name I didn't answer the phone... Caller ID is a wonderful thing... but I feel for those that are tender hearted that get taken in...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 24, 2010

    I don't have issues with these. I ONLY donate to my church and its charities. Everyone else gets shutdown before they finish the first sentence of their sales pitch.

  • burnhace Jun 24, 2010

    The "get out of jail free" star the FOP gives you in return for a donation works wonders. You can drive as fast as you want if you paste it to your windshield. If they stop you, just use the Alberto Gonzalez defense, "I might have been speeding if you say I did, but I do not recall having done so." They will let you off with a warning every time.

  • Boostershot Jun 24, 2010

    I too follow the 'can't mail...can't donate'rule. The solicitors seem to have enough information to call my house but not enough information for mailing purposes...it just don't fly in my book! Also, if the caller ID reads Unknown Caller, that's an automatic...not interested in what your selling.

  • Always160 Jun 24, 2010

    Several police groups are legit but many do not do phone solicitation. About the only one around here that does legitimate phone solicitation is the Fraternal Order of Police and that is for a great cause!!! However there are survivor groups for fallen officers, such as Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) that does not do phone soliciatations but is always willing to accept donations.

    You can check out any group at www.charitynavigator.org

  • Glass Half Full Jun 24, 2010

    I was hoping the election being over would end the outrageous number of phone calls. At least my mailbox is getting a rest!

  • OakRapp Jun 24, 2010

    I haven't received any calls from them but I have received a letter dunning me for not sending in the contribution I "promised" them. The letter has already gone into the trash can, unfortunately.

  • meteo Jun 24, 2010

    Well, the legit police come up as "unknown caller", and then wonder why I won't give them money. This is why.

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 24, 2010

    This is why I never agree to donate to any organization over the phone. The quickest way to separate the legit from the scam is to tell them to mail me information about their cause that I can review...they usually say they don't mail information because of the print and postage costs and I say that if they can't mail it, I can't donate.