Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are warning residents to beware of telephone solicitors seeking money for the families of the four Lakewood police officers shot to death Sunday.
A number of people have received calls from phony charities soliciting donations, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Tuesday. The scammers are seeking credit card numbers, Troyer said.
“Your $20 donation may wipe out your bank account,” he said.
Troyer encouraged residents interested in donating money to seek out legitimate places to make their gifts.
The Lakewood Independent Police Guild is one legitimate organization collecting money. The guild is accepting checks made out to the LPIG Benevolent Fund and sent to P.O. Box 99579, Lakewood, Wash. 98499.
UPDATE: Lakewood police Lt. Heidi Hoffman said no one with the police department or the guild “will ever call a citizens home to ask for money for our fallen officers’ families.”