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Glendora Police Warns Residents of Possible Phone Scam

Officers say recent phone calls seeking cash donations for the Glendora Police Department may be part of a scam.

Glendora Police are warning citizens to beware of phone calls from unofficial fundraisers soliciting cash donations for the Glendora Police Department.

Sgt. Matt Williams said one citizen called the department alerting them that a man who identified himself as Eric Thorton is calling residents asking for cash donations for the Glendora Police Department.

“He is not affiliated with the Glendora Police Department and we did not ask for him to solicit on our behalf,” said Williams.

“To be fair, when you call that number, it goes back to the Fraternal Order of Police, which is a legit organization, but they’re not calling on our behalf,” Williams added.

Glendora Police warns residents to be cautious when making donations from unsolicited phone calls and to be sure fundraisers are approved by the actual organization.

Williams said it is unknown how many other residents were contacted by Thorton.

Have you received phone calls from this person asking for donations? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Lidia Korinko December 01, 2012 at 12:08 AM
We have had people come into our office (Art 2 Ink) and ask for a donation. Some say they are with a church or another type of non-profit organization. They may be legitimate but with so many scams it's hard to know who to trust. :(
AJ December 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I received a call from a man last night who said he was taking donations for a Los Angeles County Sheriffs dept fundraiser. It was a pretty obvious by the things he said that it was a scam. The phone number was a 661 area code so others be aware.
Jason December 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
They called us here at Anto's Automotive and I told the person on the phone that I already made donations to the Glendora PD and he's like "is that right?are you sure?" I was aware of this scam beforehand.
JAYNEE RAMPLEY December 02, 2012 at 01:51 AM
This may have been a scam. However the Lancaster/Palmdale areas (still L.A, County) are in the 661 area code
Debbie Hughes December 02, 2012 at 06:14 AM
No calling scam received but good to know, Although I received a text scam to look out for telling me I was a prize winner for a $1000 Target gift card. I was instructed to sign into a web site and enter a code that was given. The number was in Pomona. I deleted and sent report to FCC. Too bad we are plagued with such things. Thanks for the heads up.
Michael Dwells December 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I got a call like that purportedly from a Firefighter's Fund Club. The caller told me it was for those firefighters who got injured during rescue operations. As much as I'd like to help, I was skeptical about disclosing my credit card number over the phone. I asked the man if there was any other way to send out money, he said NO. I said I wouldn't be able to help and hung up. Well, good thing I did because later that day, when I looked up the caller's phone number to find out about his organization, I got http://www.callercenter.com instead. Turns out the guy was a scammer and been reported 17 times on the website. Wow!

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