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State Patrol warns of possible AMBER alert phone scam

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Dec. 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
December 18, 2012 5:14 pm

The Washington State Patrol says it has gotten reports of numerous calls soliciting donations for the AMBER alert system, calls troopers say appear to be a scam.

At least one such caller said he or she was seeking the donation on behalf of the State Patrol.

No one from the State Patrol or local agencies is seeking donations for the program, according to troopers.

The alert system is used to help find children who are abducted or those missing under suspicious circumstances.

The State Patrol says the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and ambertalert.com are not fundraising either.

Troopers suggest anyone seeking to donate to a charity researches the organization before doing so.

The Secretary of State’s website has information about identifying legitimate charitable organizations.

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