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St. Louis man recalls fundraising phone scam in hopes of helping others

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis man is speaking out after receiving calls from people posing as a law enforcement fundraising origination.

Tony Brooks, a St. Louis resident said he knew something was up after receiving a strange phone call.

“A couple guys called me indicating they were with the national police and troopers association asking for a donation,” said Brooks.

The callers gave Brooks three options of payment donations and explained how each level worked. Brooks recalls his past donation history and debated if the past efforts were also scams.

“In retrospect, some of them [previous donations] were scam organizations. This particular time, I just thought to ask the question. He couldn't give me the answers I was looking for,” recalled Brooks.

Chris Thetford, of the Better Business Bureau says this is the same game plan used in a variety of scams.

“The goal is to get your checking number or your credit card number, debit card number over the phone which then will allow the scammer to take money away from you,” said Thetford.

Brooks had learned from previous mistakes and made sure not to make the same one again.

“He [the caller] abruptly ended the phone call. He said so, you're not going to make a donation? I said no, I won't be making a donation because I can't verify who you are,” said Brooks.

When donating over the phone it is important to verify all information being provided.

“If they can't verify their information or validate what you're asking them, then just don't give them the money,” said Thetford.

The Better Business Bureau recommends that you never give out credit card information over the phone.

If you believe a call for donations may be a scam hang up and be sure to report the possible scam to police.  

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