Thursday, September 22, 2011
Is the organization that calls asking for money for firefighters and police legit or just a scam?
KAKE viewer Iain Deckard says he keeps getting phone calls from the Sedgwick County B.A. asking for money for firefighters and police. He is signed up on the no call list, but they keep on calling. Deckard asks who are they and are they real?
There is no Sedgwick County B.A., but there is a Sedgwick County Sheriff Officer Benefit Fund Association. It's a very real, not for profit organization to provide some medical benefits for active and retired members of the Sedgwick County Sheriff Department.
The fund uses a local marketing company to help raise money. They do make phone calls, and because it's a charity, the no call list does not apply.
Jeff Herndon spoke to Detective Nathan Gibbs, the treasurer of the fund. Gibbs says in the past, there have been complaints of people using the organization as a front for scams, but nothing recently.
Gibbs says it is possible the calls Deckard received could be a scam because the caller did not correctly identify the organization. If you have any doubts concerning calls asking for money, ask a few questions of your own. Get a phone number and call them back. Take there name or ask for a supervisor. If you receive any resistance, it's a good bet the call is a scam.
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