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UPDATE: Donation scams have started after Mundell’s death

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2009 at 9:24 am with 9 Comments »
December 29, 2009 3:28 pm

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer reports that companies saying they are soliciting donations for the family of slain officer Kent Mundell have already started to make phone calls into the county.

“It’s already happened,” he said. “(I have had) two or three directly to me.”

The companies soliciting donations over the phone are not supported by the Sheriff’s Department.

Troyer said if anyone wants to make a donation, there are avenues set up so that 100 percent of the donation goes to the family. The county has set up a donation account at Columbia Bank.

“Do not give any money over the phone,” Troyer said. “Those agencies should be ashamed of themselves.”

UPDATE: “I am angry and the public should be angry that out of state organizations are again soliciting contributions for our fallen officers,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said. “We do not do phone soliciting. When you get a phone call soliciting money for some law organization just say no.”

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  1. This sucks. Predators arrive, front and center, at the moment of the deepest of sympathy with their schemes. Just like those who scan the obits and funeral services for unattended homes, these creeps pursue the well-intentioned for easy money.

  2. interWOLFone says:

    IMPO…not only should these companies be ashamed of themselves…they should be subjected to legal action and post haste.

  3. This is SICKENING. The depths of the greed and depravity of some reminds me that most people are decent. Can we get the names and numbers of what groups are doing this so we can all start calling them and block their phones? A lot of charities are total scams, check out how much goes to the cause before donating to anything, better still, give it directly to a person in need that you know.

  4. scottiam says:

    This morning, I was wakened by a phone call from the “Washington Federation of Police” requesting donations. The phone number used was 206-866-1925. After doing a google search of the number, many have stated that they feel the call is a scam due to the timing in relation to a police officers passing.

    Thank God for caller ID.

  5. SearchAndScan says:

    What people ought to do is get a physical address, in case they might wish to mail a check, then we can catch these clowns.

    I mean we, people in the public who are sick of predators, not the police.

  6. interWOLFone says:

    And what do you suggest that we, the people in the public, DO when we catch these clowns, SearchAndScan?

    Are you suggesting vigilantism?

  7. interWOLFone says:

    Thank you for bringing up the Washington Federation of Police, Scottiam. It is always a wise idea to refrain from giving out credit card information over the phone when it is solicited.

    Better to contact the actual department the deceased officer(s) worked out of and find out how best to help their families.

  8. fivecardstud says:

    Now the lowlife scum rear their ugly heads. What ever happened to pride and self respect? Do some people think that little of themselves to stoop to such demeaning behavior?

  9. fivecardstud says:

    I had one contact me I knew was phoney and when he asked if I knew of a profession that put their lives on the line like police I answered yes the narrows bridge painters and he gave up.

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