On Your Side: Boys and Girls Club warns of scam in Washoe County

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Updated: 4/28 7:10 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is warning residents to be aware of a scam going around Washoe County.

They say the con artists are falsely claiming to represent the organization in order to take your money.

"We do not send people door to door to fundraise for the Boys and Girls Club, to solicit any kind of donations or at store front locations either," said David Taylor. "We definitely do not fundraise that way."

Taylor works for The Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. He said about a half dozen locals called the club last week to see if their donation was real.

Taylor added that the boys and girls club never tries to collect donations door to door. "The only way people can actually donate is by coming to the club or donating online. It's through one of our campaigns, through one of our volunteers. It's never a door to door situation, it's usually through one of our fundraising campaigns that's done here at the club."

Officer Tim Broadway from the Reno Police Department said this type of scam is a problem within the city, and is common this time of year. He said if someone is going door to door soliciting, they need to have the legal paperwork. "They need to have not only a Washoe County Solicitor's License, but also a city of Reno Solicitor's License, and with that, they have to have a valid form of identification."

Broadway added that if you do not want solicitors coming to your door, get a No Soliciting sign. He also said to go with your gut if someone comes to your door. "Time of day is a big factor, obviously if they're coming around late at night when it's starting to get it dark, that's kind of suspicious."

"The bottom line regardless if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't."

Taylor said the suspects are reported to be males, in their 20's to 30's. The scam can be a misdemeanor crime, with a potential $500 fine.

If you think you see one of these alleged scammers, report them to your local police department immediately.
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