The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been notified by representatives from the Domestic Violence Project that someone is soliciting funds door-to-door on behalf of their organization.
Stacey Giammarco, a representative with the Domestic Violence Project, notified the BBB of the scam on Monday afternoon. Giammarco claims "the Domestic Violence Project will never solicit funds door-to-door".
The agency began receiving calls from consumers early Monday morning. The solicitation occured in Plain Township Saturday and Sunday.
Amanda Tietze, VP of Public Relations with the BBB says "these scammers could be strictly after the cash from the donations, or scoping out your house for later theft". The BBB recommends the following tips when approached for charitable donations:
- Be leery of any door-to-door charitable solicitations
- Ask for identification that associates the person at your door with the agency they are soliciting for.
- Don't be pressured into giving on the spot
- Verify with the organization that the solicitation is legitimate
- Never donate cash; always make contributions by check and out to the charity, not the person collecting the funds.
- Don't hesitate to ask for written materials describing the charities programs and finances
- Be extremely leery if the solicitor hesitates or refuses to provide information
- Legitimate charities will never have a problem answering your questions or allowing you the opportunity to research before you donate
- If you suspect the solicitation is fraud, notify local law enforcement and the agency whose name is being used to perpetrate the fraud.