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Scam works as local nonprofit

March 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials with the Whitley County Council on Aging are warning residents of false solicitation for donations.
“We have had a scam reported using our organization,” said Debra Darr, executive director for the Council for Aging.

According to Darr, phone calls are being placed to area residents requesting donations be made to the Council on Aging. The caller asks for the donation to be paid with a credit card, a practice Darr said is not possible with the organization.
“While we would gladly accept your donations, we do not accept credit cards,” said Darr.

“Donations can be brought to 710 Opportunity Dr. in Columbia City. We absolutely request that you do not give out your credit card number over the phone to anyone.”
Darr confirmed that the local authorities had been contacted regarding the solicitations.

Should someone receive phone call requesting donations, they should inform law enforcement or Darr directly.

For more information, or to report a call, contact the Council on Aging at 248-8944, Columbia City Police Department at 248-5121, or Whitley County Sheriff’s Department at 244-6410.

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