‘Shop with a Cop’ uses police to scam residents out of credit card information

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Police in Blue Springs are warning residents about a scam that’s using them to get your money.

It sounds legit. “Shop with a Cop.” It’s supposedly a fundraising event for the Blue Springs Police Department, but in reality it’s just another way for scammers to scam you out of your credit card information.

It starts with a phone call to residents and businesses asking for a  donation to the event so police can take needy kids shopping for the holidays. But it’s a scam.

“We do not fundraise in this manner and it is appalling that someone would take advantage of our community in this way,” Police Academy Alumni Association President Kevin Hornick said.

  • If you do get a call, ask for written information about the event
  • Ask for specific information about the non-profit like the phone number
  • Avoid cash gifts, they can be lost or stolen
  • Never give out personal information over the phone
  • When in doubt, call police.

 

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