Telephone Solicitation Scam Warning
Telephone Solicitation Scam Warning:
"Police Protective Fund"
solicitors are calling homeowners in the Central Indiana area claiming to
represent an organization called the "Police Protective Fund." The
telemarketer states that they would appreciate your $50.00 donation and you will
receive a sticker to place on your vehicle showing that you have donated money
to the fund, which they claim raises money for the families of fallen police
officers and also shows the donors support for local law enforcement.
research article by Shauta Marsh posted in the Indianapolis Nuvo Newsmagazine
found that this is a nationwide scam. Tax information shows the
organization had a 2002 income of $4.2 million dollars and that only $48,000 of
that amount went to "undisclosed members." $3.7 million dollars of their
received donations went to pay the telemarketing firms calling the donors homes.
Terry McLaughlin suggests that rather than providing money to this scam, you
instead show your support for local law enforcement by telling the next
Sheriff's Deputy you see that you appreciate the job they do, or a simple smile
The Johnson County Sheriff's
Office thanks you for your support!