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Chapel Hill Police Warn of Fundraising Scam

Posted November 15, 2007 2:03 p.m. EST

Chapel Hill police are warning the public about a possible fundraising scam.

They said they have received several complaints over the past few months about "misleading fundraising in the name of local law enforcement" and urge the public to be careful when giving to charities.

Police advise people to not give to charities they have never heard of without first checking with the Better Business Bureau to make sure they are legitimate. Another option would be to request information about the organization be sent through the mail before contributing.

They also warn to avoid making donations from unsolicited phone calls or e-mails, even if they claim to represent a well-known charity. Instead, they advise people to contact the charity directly if they wish to make a donation.

The police department's Community Services Unit is available at 919-932-2929 to local residents who have questions about fundraising frauds or scams.