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Police warn of 'Shop-With-A-Cop' phone scam


FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - The Fraternal Order of Police in Fayette County is warning residents to be aware of scammers falsely claiming to be collecting money for the Shop-With-A-Cop program.

According to a news release from Local FOP President Chris Young, law enforcement agencies have received reports that one or more individuals are falsely soliciting funds in the name of the FOP for Shop-With-A-Cop.

The scammers have allegedly been soliciting funds over the phone in the name of both Fayette County Memorial Lodge #118 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Diamond Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in Raleigh County.

The news release says the Black Diamond is currently soliciting funds through telephone calls, but the fund-raising effort is not for the Shop-With-A-Cop program and is not connected in any way with the Fayette County FOP's annual Shop-With-A-Cop fundraiser.

The Fayette County Memorial Lodge does not use telephone solicitation for its Shop-With-A-Cop fundraising effort.

Young says the Fayette County lodge sends out direct mail requests for donations. Those will be going out in the coming weeks.

"We do not engage in any type of telephone solicitation," Young reiterated. "If anyone calls you and represents that he or she is soliciting funds for the Fayette County FOP's Shop-With-A-Cop fundraiser, this is a fraud."

Anyone who receives a call of this nature is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency and under no circumstances make any type of donation.


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