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  • State police: Beware of fake fundraising campaigns

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  • State police warn residents to be careful as a number of organizations with police-styled names are conducting fundraising campaigns.
    Solicitors are appealing for dollars to help support law enforcement initiatives, such as the purchase of safety equipment, charitable summer camp programs or anti-DWI campaigns, according to a news release.
    State police receive funding through the state budget and do not solicit public donations.
    The only organization authorized to accept donations on behalf of the state police is the non-for-profit Trooper Foundation Inc., headquartered in Latham. It accepts donations for the State Police Summer Program to benefit underprivileged children and other state police initiatives. It does not engage in telephone solicitations to the general public.
    Anyone who receives a solicitation by phone, mail, email or in person asking for money for the state police or suggests an affiliation, should get as many details as possible and report it to the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau or the nearest Attorney General’s Office.
    Be wary of solicitors who:
    • Do not provide an address or phone number.
    • Demand immediate payment or payment in cash.
    • Seem vague as to how contributions will be spent.
    • Refuse to provide financial information about a charitable organization.
    • Appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization they represent or the programs for which contributions will be used.
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