Sheriff warns man soliciting for charity not one of his deputies

Sheriff warns man soliciting for charity not one of his deputies

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says someone is banking on citizens' good hearts to bilk them out of money.

Recently a man claiming to be with the Arkansas Sheriff's Association contacted a local business.

The man said he was soliciting donations for "COPS for Kids" for two children in the Bay area.

At first, the man asked for a check. The business owner declined, the sheriff said.

The suspect then asked for a credit or debit card. Again, the owner refused to cooperate.

Finally, the alleged scammer said if the owner wished, "Deputy Phillip" would come by and pick up the donation.

The business owner hung up the phone and called Bay Police Chief Paul Keith.

Boyd said in an email Monday that the Arkansas Sheriff's Association does not solicit money by phone; instead, when the ASA sells ads or merchandise it is done through personal contact with a deputy present.

The sheriff urged to never give out any personal information and, if you suspect a scam, hang up the phone immediately and call your local sheriff's office or law enforcement agency.

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