ELLSWORTH, Maine — Local police are warning the public about a scam in the guise of a charitable cause for law enforcement officers.
According to the Ellsworth Police Department, a resident was contacted Tuesday by a man on the phone who told her he was soliciting donations for “fallen and injured police officers.”
She gave the man her credit card information and made what she thought was a $35 donation.
Local police found out later Tuesday morning when, after making the donation, the resident became suspicious and went to the police station to verify that the money was going to a local fundraising effort. Police told her it was a scam.
The resident was advised to check with her credit card company and to stop any payments that were illegitimate.
According to Lt. Harold Page of Ellsworth Police Department, the department does not solicit funds from anyone, nor does it authorize any person or entity to solicit funds on its behalf. He added that the incident on Tuesday is the first such report Ellsworth police have received of any such scam targeting residents.
Anyone who receives similar solicitations by phone is advised not to provide personal or financial information over the phone and to report the phone call to their local police department.