Someone comes up to your door, pretending to be with a reputable charity. It may be one you’ve heard of before. Recently, Dallas police put out a warning about a guy pretending to be from the Boys and Girls Club.
“The solicitor knows how to present themselves and make it look really good if they’re going to be asking for a donation,” said Jeannette Kopko with the Better Business Bureau of Dallas.
The solicitor may have a shirt with a fake logo or some paperwork. He or she might be well-dressed and put together.
“They may look really nice. They may tell you a lot about the organization, but are they really representing the organization? You need to find out,” said Kopko.
You’ll want to ask for some contact information, so you can make a donation later. If it’s a scammer, they’re not going to want to wait. A real organization will take your donation any time.
“If you don’t know the person, if you aren’t familiar with the cause, you don’t have to talk to them. You don’t have to make a donation. If it’s an established group that’s actually soliciting donations, they’ll be happy to get your money later after you check them out,” said Kopko.
Just don’t talk to them. If there’s high pressure, or you don’t feel safe, close the door and call the police.