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Scammers Soliciting for Toy Donations in Huber Heights
HUBER HEIGHTS -- A couple of scammers are pretending to be firefighters in order to play on your holiday spirit. It's happening in Huber Heights, but police expect similar scams to pop up everywhere this time of year.
Firefighters say the scammers are literally walking down the sidewalk, knocking on the door of random houses and asking the people inside to donate so they can buy toys for kids at Christmas. The problem is it's all fake.
"It upset me truthfully. I don't like that, it's not right," said Carol Porter of Huber Heights.
Carol porter heard about the scam Friday on Facebook. The department says someone is going around claiming they're collecting money for a firefighter toy drive. However, the claim is a con.
"There are a lot of people who really want to help people so when people do that it's not good at all," agreed Bonnie Porter of Huber Heights.
The Better Business Bureau says now is prime time for scams. The bad guys looking to prey on your holiday heart strings.
"If you ask lots of questions and they stumble with their words or ask for money immediately, those are red flags that you need to stay away from that organzation. Any legitimate charity is going to give you time to make a decision. You're money would be good now or later," saidn John North with the Better Business Bureau.
North also says many times the scammers will use a name similar to a charity that you're familiar with. So if you're suspicious of the person knocking at your door, call the charity directly to see if the request is legit.
Police say if you suspect these scammers are coming to your neighborhood, give them a call immediately.
HUBER HEIGHTS -- Police say several residents have reported being approached by people claiming they are Huber Heights firefighters collecting donations to buy Christmas toys for children.
Huber Heights officials say that neither the Division of Fire or firefighters are soliciting funds in the city.
"If you receive ether a phone solicitation or direct contact please notify the Huber Heights Police Department at 937-233-2080 immediately," the city said in a statement.
The city encourages you to ask questions of the solicitors, to get contact information from them and then report it immediately to police.
If you have any questions, call the Fire Division administrative offices at 937-233-1564 or Huber Heights Police Department at 937-233-2080.
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