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Burlingame Police Department
Monday June 25th, 2012 :: 06:30 p.m. PDT


Telephone Scam Alert

The Burlingame Police Department would like to warn citizens of Burlingame about a charity telephone scam. The caller claims to be a representative of “the Police Department” and solicits donations to keep juveniles out of trouble. In the case in Burlingame, the caller wanted the victim’s credit card number in order to complete the donation. When the victim refused, the caller abruptly hung up on the victim. The Burlingame Police Department does not solicit for charities over the telephone.

How to avoid charity & fundraising fraud

• Donate to recognized charities with a history.
• Avoid giving cash gifts.
• Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don't remember making.
• Reject high pressure appeals.
• Do not do business with any charity offering to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect your donation.
• Be cautious of promises of guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution.
• A special word about appeals that tug at your heart strings, especially pleas involving patriotism and current events.
• After receiving a call asking for a donation, call the charity in question to find out whether it is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name.
• Check out the web site of the charity before donating to the organization.
• Simply having the words "police" or "firefighter" in an organization's name doesn't mean police or firefighters are members of the group or will benefit from the funds raised.
• An organization may claim it has ties with local police or firefighters, but that doesn't mean contributions will be used locally or for public safety.
• Many solicitations for police and fire service organizations are made by professional fund-raisers who are paid to do the job.
• Donations to some police or firefighter groups may not be tax deductible.

Burlingame Police Department
1111 Trousdale Dr
Burlingame, CA 94010

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-777-4100

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