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Fraud Warning On Door-To-Door Student Solicitors

A non-profit educational association has issued a fraud warning about young people seeking donations for the Student Bridge to the Future Scholarship.

A non-profit education group has warned that a fraud ring is sending young people door to door in El Cerrito and some other parts of Northern California to ask for money for a scholarship, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The warning comes from the Sacramento-based California Educational Technology Proefessionals Association, saying the fake solicitors are asking for money for the association's Student Bridge to the Future Scholarhip, the newspaper said.

The association said on its Facebook page that it does not organize or condone door-to-door solicitations for the scholarship.

The organization said it received calls about the solicitations from El Cerrito, San Ramon and Oakland, according to the Bee.

Some of the young people allegedly offered magazine subscriptions, and others offered to do work like lawn care or house work, the Bee said.

The association urged those who are targeted by such solicitors to contact local police right away while the perpertrators are still in the neighborhood.

"We'd like to stop these individuals from taking money from well meaning citizens," the group's Facebook message said.

El Cerrito police ask residents who spot suspicious people in their neighborhoods, including strangers who knock on the door, to contact police right away at at 510-237-3233, option 2.

Wendy Harrison August 30, 2011 at 03:46 PM
There have been several door-to-door "donation" requests by young people at my house ove the years. They have no credentials or, usually, any written info on the charity for which they are supposedly collecting. Do not ever give money to these type of solicitors. Tell them they can mail you information and you will decide based on that mailing. Also, there are various websites you can check regarding the validity of charities.
John Polos August 30, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I got a "student" once that claimed to be with the Kennedy paper but his form said Contra Costa times. His story smelled fishy and I swear he was the same student who came by 2 weeks before with something else. I turned him away and almost called the cops. The next day I did get a no solicitors sign though
Phillip Mehas August 30, 2011 at 05:24 PM
This also happened in Sonoma over the week end.
Matthew Kelleher August 30, 2011 at 05:45 PM
I got a "student" who says he lived in the neighborhood and needed money to finish college; offered magazines; I asked for ID to verify local connection and he split. Called ECPD as my street has numerous elderly folks; officers came and confronted him and he left the neighborhood. Officer told me he was part of an organized group of scam artists that get dropped off in neighborhoods to as for money. Always as for ID from anyone that ask for money door to door. If they can't produce; call police.
Terri Lynn Mumley August 30, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Wow, in hindsight I remember a kid coming to my door some time ago for this. I think he offered a magazine subscription or something. I did not go for it, not because I had any insight at the time about these kids being used in a fraudulent money ring, but I could have cared less about magazines I'd never read. This is quite sad, what has our nation come to? The USA now ranks #82 on the GPI....and that lack of peace seems to be welded right down to the individual freedoms and peace of students, home privacy, political corruption playing on emotions of school budget cuts. Not unlike the corrupt MIC using innocent kids for war profits. Amen
Steve August 31, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Ask them for their permit. If they don't have one, call the police. Permits are required, no soliciting after sunset or 8pm (whichever is earlier), no misrepresentation, no bothering people with "no solicitors" signs, etc. For the full scoop, see http://library.municode.com/HTML/16333/level2/TIT6BUPERE_CH6.20TRBUSO1.html and http://library.municode.com/HTML/16333/level2/TIT6BUPERE_CH6.75CHSO.html
person posting March 17, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Someone just did a b-line for a house next door to me to knock on the door. I was pulling into my driveway at the time. The guy then waited until I exited my car before asking me to support his cause--something about "city college," though I didn't really listen. I said, "no thank you." Then I watched him walk up the street and not knock on any other doors. Why would he go for that one house and then act like a street person asking for money at a supermarket, by standing outside my car. I have a "no solicitors" sign on my porch but he didn't go up to my porch.

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