Attention Anchorage, Alaska!
I know it’s cold up there right now so I’m going to give you a handy quick tip: don’t open your doors!
Perhaps I should elaborate a bit… don’t open your doors to a student-aged man collecting money for a West High School football trip to Italy.
Apparently there is a young man touring the town asking for donations for said football trip but the Anchorage School District has announced that this is a door-to-door soliciting money scheme.
Personally, I don’t see why a football team would go out of the country on a school sponsored trip. It’s not like any other country plays football like we do.
(Ironically enough the picture used above was taken in Germany)
It’s been reported that a tell tale sign of this scam is the use of the name “HP Consulting” as part of the “fundraiser” – Source.
Be aware that as of right now, the West High School football team is not raising money to go out of the country.
Alaska’s news station, KTVA CBS 11, has advised on ways to verify if a group or an individual is legitimate in their fundraising:
- Call the school, organization, or school district to confirm legitimacy
- Examine any paperwork the fundraiser gives you
- Ask to see nonprofit status number
- Call police if you have doubts – Source.
It’s sad that our society has come to this where we have to second guess fundraising efforts of our youth.
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