Organizations warn of cons collecting cash

By Karina Ioffee – Staff Writer
Gilroy
– While the world mourns the tragedy in South Asia and relief
organizations scramble to deliver food and water to survivors, con
artists have been busying themselves as well by soliciting money on
behalf of the Red Cross.
By Karina Ioffee – Staff Writer

Gilroy – While the world mourns the tragedy in South Asia and relief organizations scramble to deliver food and water to survivors, con artists have been busying themselves as well by soliciting money on behalf of the Red Cross.

“Whenever there is a tragedy, somehow these people crawl up from underneath a rock,” said Tina Del Piero, director of financial development at the Monterey County Red Cross.

People wanting to donate to the relief effort need to do so by contacting the Red Cross themselves, or if they are interested to other agencies, ask them specific questions about how their money will be used, said Del Piero.

In Monterey County, there have been reports of individuals collecting money door-to-door and outside shopping centers while claiming they represent the relief organization, she said. However, the Red Cross never goes to people’s homes and those who are approached by someone claiming to represent the Red Cross should notify the police, said Del Piero.

“If someone just shows up at your door and they can’t show ID, you need to call police right away to let them know there is a suspected violator,” she said.

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