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Beware of Calls Soliciting Donations for the National Police Association

BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF

Irving, Texas. October 17, 2019

Many Irving residents have reported calls from an individual soliciting donations for the National Police Association.    One example was a call originating from 210-229-8123 (San Antonio TX).  When receiving such calls, it is a good habit to ask specific questions.   One resident asked how the donations are used and noticed the caller was not ready to answer.   Another asked if the donations where tax deductible, but the caller said they were not.  That is a huge red flag.  

On doing some online research, we found an article posted on the National Police Foundation official website entitled "Fraud Alert: Calls Soliciting Donations for the National Police Foundation".

https://www.policefoundation.org/fraud-alert-calls-soliciting-donations-for-the-police-foundation/

"The Police Foundation does NOT solicit donations from anyone via phone. If you have been contacted via telephone and asked to make donations to the National Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., this is a scam."

They also add, "please note that many legitimate local (and unaffiliated) police foundations and organizations may solicit donations from local communities via telephone and mail. If you receive such a call, we encourage you to take note of who is calling (by name and number), the date and time. We also encourage you to require donation information to be sent to you via U.S. Mail before considering any donation."

The National Police Association website also stresses that they do not telemarket for donations.  Their footer text clearly states "We don't telemarket. If your phone rings it's not us".

For those receiving these fraudulent calls, you have the option of submitting the information to the Federal Trade Commission.  Through their website https://www.donotcall.gov/ you can report unwanted calls and add your phone to the National Do Not Call Registry.


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