(KMOV) – A north county neighborhood is warning residents about a scam where the perpetrators are trying to trick people into donating to a benevolent fund in order to commit identity fraud.
Officials from the City of Velda City say that someone has been calling residents asking for donations for the Velda City Police Department Benevolent fund. While the fund is real, city officials say they have not asked any person or company to solicit funds from the public on behalf of the cause.
Velda City officials say they created the benevolent fund about 6 months ago, in hopes of helping Velda City police officers with financial assistance if they run out of sick or vacation time. The financial assistance would be used to help pay the officer’s mortgage and other necessary purchases while they recover from job-related injuries.
Several residents have become victims of identity fraud as a result of this incident.
Police urge residents to never give any personal information, including credit card or bank account information, to anyone without being sure of who they are.
Residents who want to donate to the Velda City Police Department Benevolent fund can drop off or mail donations to: City of Velda City, 2560 Lucas Hunt Road, Velda City, MO 63121.
If you believe you are a victim of identity fraud, contact IRS officials at 800-908-4490 or visit the IRS website.