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Officials: Be Wary of 'Police Organization' Calling Your Home

Donated money is not going to local police departments, PBAs or state troopers

 

Police are advising Ocean County residents to be wary of any telephone calls asking them to donate to police organizations. Solicitors for "the New Jersey Police Officers' Foundation, a project of the Italian-American Society" have been calling some homes in the county last week, asking for donations.

Calls have not been reported to Lacey residents, but there have been calls to homes in the northern part of the county, including that of Point Pleasant Borough Capt. Richard Larsen. Larsen said the ongoing round of calls is only the latest in a longstanding practice of organizations hiring telemarketers to solicit donations by phone.

"None of that money comes back to our local departments," Larsen said, adding that he ended the phone call he got at home by telling them he wasn't donating and saying, "No, thank you."

Officials with the state police and the New Jersey Association of Police Chiefs, as well as local officials, said in interviews that they were not familiar with the New Jersey Police Officers' Foundation.

However, they all said their departments, as well as local and state PBA representatives, do not solicit donations by phone.

Local PBAs use mailers.

voiceofreason November 21, 2011 at 04:02 AM
I have received many calls over the years on behalf of the "NJ police officers foundation" when i tell them that the police do not solicit over the phone they actually have the nerve to get nasty and argue with me. Amazing. They figure if they make a thousand calls and ten people fall victim and donate then its good enough for them. I feel sorry for the elderly who receive these calls, they are sometimes high pressure and the eldery people give in. People should report these calls to the State police and they should take the time to get to the bottom of this. In these hard economic times, good hearted people are being taken advantage of and thats a shame. Your best bet when they call is to just say no thank you and hang up, do not listen the their spiel as they can sound very official and be very convincing.
JOHNNY Done it November 21, 2011 at 04:32 AM
Agree,,Tell them send it to me in the mail, as do All the local emergency services
Kelley November 21, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Unless it has our local PBA or volunteer EMS/Fire information on it, I don't respond.
John Summer November 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM
I recognized the voice and the script. In 1989, these self-styled Jersey City/Bayonne mobsters pulled the same scam. They were arrested (according to New York's ch 7 Eyewitness News, with footage) and apparently got only a slap on the wrist. Here they are again and to show how stupid they are, it's the same lingo about a bogus statewide police fund. They are also dangerous. When I caught their scam in 1989 (they called my business), they called a Dominos Pizza in my town and, as me, ordered 10 pizzas. That was just a prank. They called me at home yesterday and I caught their scam again and I said "send a local policeman over if the charity is legitimate. They did. To arrest me, a team of state, county and local officers. Of course, they left without incident...I don't think a 66 year old paraplegic in a wheelchair with a nurse at hand is a danger to the community, but this shows how vicious these crude con men are. Hopefully when they get busted again (and they will), the judge will be a little less kind to these goons.

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