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Posted on: September 10, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Phone Solicitors: Ask Questions to Avoid Potential Scams

Beware of callers posing as fundraisers for the Issaquah Police Department.

Recently, a resident in our community was contacted by a solicitor from a national organization who gave the impression that the Issaquah Police Department was associated with the call and would benefit from the donations. Fortunately, the resident did not donate.

As a reminder, the Issaquah Police Department never fundraises, or solicits monetary donations by phone or in person.

With the holiday season on the horizon, this is a popular time for fundraisers and charities to call and solicit donations.

As a general rule, check the Washington Secretary of State’s online database to make sure an organization is registered to solicit in our state.

If you’re contacted by a solicitor, ask questions about how the money will be used, and don’t be fooled by names that sound official.

Just because an organization claims to be raising money for a police agency does not mean that money will go to a law enforcement agency.

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