Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley recently learned that scammers are standing outside local businesses and soliciting donations, pretending to be representatives of the organization.
Scammers were spotted at the Hy-Vee on Utica Ridge Road on Friday, as well as at nearby businesses like Ulta and TJ Maxx.
These individuals are selling cookies and asking for money that they claim will support Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley. They are handing out fliers that were not created by the organization.
In the past, individuals have stationed themselves outside Wal-Mart stores in the area, and some have wandered through neighborhoods, knocking on doors and asking for donations.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley would like the community to know that they never solicit money by standing outside businesses, or by visiting your home.
The organization contacts the businesses and local authorities when they are notified of these scams.
If you ever suspect fraudulent solicitation, please contact your local police, and/or reach out to the organization the scammers pretend to represent.