Beware of slain officer phone scam
Published 7:00 am Friday, May 15, 2015
People all across the country want to donate to the families of the two slain Hattiesburg officers, but people should be aware of phone scam artists who are trying to profit from the effort.
John O’Hara, CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Mississippi, said in a release it is not uncommon for this to happen.
“Unfortunately, we see this during a tragedy, people trying to take advantage of good hearted people wanting to help,” said O’Hara in the release.
The BBB has suggested ways for people who want to help make sure their donation counts.
Asking the names of the fundraiser and the charity being represented are ways to identify and avoid scammers.
Also, asking if the donation will provide direct aid to the families, buy medical supplies, or be used for education or research is another good way to identify scams.
The best way to avoid a scam is to check the charity’s BBB charity review at bbb.org.
The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation has created a memorial legacy fund to honor the fallen Hattiesburg officers. This fund will help police officers and their families by providing assistance in times of need, and by offering scholarships.
Anyone who wants to make a donation to this charity can make checks payable to the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation, and write “Deen and Tate Memorial Fund” on the memo line.
Checks can be mailed to 1507 Hardy Street, Suite 208 Hattiesburg, MS 39401. For more information on the foundation call 601-583-6180.
The city of Hattiesburg and The First-A National Banking Association have also set up the Deen and Tate Benefit Fund, said Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree.
To make a donation call 601-268-8998.