If you receive calls from anyone
claiming they are affiliated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department or any other law enforcement-related agencies, i.e.,
Police, Sheriff's Associations, etc., soliciting charitable donations
for families of fallen deputies, Sheriff's Stations or any other
cause, be cautious. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department does not solicit donations by telephone.
In a recent incident: a male (suspect)
called a local resident and represented that he was from the "American
Deputy Sheriff's Association." The caller attempted to solicit
donations for what he said was "for families of fallen officers."
When the resident asked the caller for his phone number and address,
the caller refused and hung up. With these types of scams, the
callers are usually very pushy and will request the donation be picked
up the same day in person at your residence or location.
Be aware of these types of scams.
If confronted by one, request that documentation on their charitable
organization be sent to you via mail. In most cases the caller
will hang up ending the call. If the caller portrays an
affiliation with a local law enforcement agency, tell the caller that
you want to confirm their employment with that agency. If they
are legitimate, they won't mind you checking on them. If they
aren't, they will most likely end the call. Remember: if it sounds at
all suspicious, trust your instincts.