Beware of Red Cross Scam

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SCAM ONE

A southern Colorado Springs neighborhood was hit by scammers Thursday afternoon.

Angie, a resident in the area, said she opened her garage door, and the two teenage boys approached her.

According to Angie, the boys said they were with the Red Cross and were collecting cash for the Waldo Canyon fire victims. To which Angie responded, “oh yeah?”

Angie is a 45-year Red Cross volunteer and immediately knew this was a scam. – krdo, Colorado Springs

SCAM TWO

The Red Cross has set up multiple shelters across the region to help residents evacuated by the Waldo Canyon fire. And now it seems that impersonators are capitalizing on the organization’s good name, trying to swindle people up and down the Front Range by soliciting donations.

“We’re getting numerous emails and phone calls from citizens saying they’re getting these phone calls, and obviously they’re just scams,” said Carol O’Dell, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.

“They’re saying they’re going to fund the Red Cross. Right. They’re funding their own pocket,” O’Dell said angrily.

O’Dell said they’ve heard from citizens who say they’ve gotten both automated calls and from live people. Sallie McInnis, in Pueblo, got a robo-call Thursday morning from an unlisted phone number in Albuquerque, New Mexico, asking for her credit card number. Gazette, Colorado Springs

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