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The Suburbanite
  • Scam alert! Domestic Violence Project does not solicit door-to-door

  •  Don’t fall prey to fraudulent requests for donations for Domestic Violence

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  • If someone has come knocking on your door soliciting for the Domestic Violence Project, don’t take the bait.
    “This time of year we receive reports that people are going to neighborhoods and businesses collecting money on our behalf,” said Melissa Pearce, DVPI executive director and chief executive officer. “DVPI does not go door-to-door for solicitations of money or any other item. We encourage donors to write checks and mail them directly to DVPI.”
    Pearce said solicitors display a “certificate” and claim that it authorizes them to solicit donations. In some cases, the individuals state that they represent a charity called Volunteer Rescue Mission or Community House Reach Out Social Services and request money or donations for care packages to give victims of domestic violence. One group provides cards with directions on making a donation through PayPal.
    “If someone comes to your home or business on our behalf, notify your local law enforcement immediately,” she said. “Then notify DVPI of the area in which you live.”
    If you have any information for DVPI about these fraudulent activities contact Stacey Giammarco, director of development and marketing at 330-445-2004.