Union head: Don't fall for crooks who claim to raise money for Fraternal Order of Police

Bill Grady
April 04, 2019 - 5:25 am

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Scam artists are using the goodwill of people who care about fallen police officers in a scheme to make a fast buck.

Swindlers are calling people on both sides of the state line, claiming that they are raising money for a Fraternal Order of Police charity softball tournament. 

People should never pledge money based on an unsolicited telephone call, said Brad Lemon, president of FOP Lodge 99.

"Always confirm, always follow up, and never give money when people call you," Lemon said. "Make sure that it's exactly what it's exactly what you intend to give the money to."

A hundred percent of the money the FOP raises through staging events goes to support members, Lemon said. No one knows for sure how much money the bad guys may have fleeced from unsuspecting victims.

Anyone who receives one of the bogus calls is advised to report the telephone number to their local police department.

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