DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police are warning some North Texas residents about a scam artist pretending to be with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas. The impostor has been targeting the M Streets in Dallas.
For the last week or so the male crook is going house-to-house asking for donations that are actually going straight in his pocket.
“We were made aware of a person who was going door-to-door soliciting money on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Grater Dallas,” explained Charles English, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas. English said the first thing wrong is the crook’s approach. “We don’t do door-to-door solicitation.”
Despite his dastardly intentions, the scam artist apparently knows what he’s doing and plays the part of a Boy & Girls Club representative very well.
“He is described as being very well dressed; oxford shirt, khaki pants, nice haircut, very conservative-looking and has a nice script to talk about Boys & Girls Club programs,” English said.
Boys & Girls Club officials said they learned about the imposter after several people called the office with questions. The man has already fooled many unsuspecting Dallas residents into giving him their money.
English said, “Some of the things that he’s gotten away with has been: a check written by an elderly gentleman, [and] using his iPhone to swipe a credit card.”
The imposter is in his mid-20s and wears a phony Boy & Girls Club lanyard. Club officials said if they ever had members asking for donations they would all be under the age of 18, because that’s the cut off age to be a Boys & Girls member.
“We are vulnerable to an individual like this person who can take our branding, our name, our reputation of serving kids from poor communities and can use that for their own self interest,” English said.
Anyone with information about the scam artist is asked to call Dallas police. Anyone with concerns or questions about the non-profit organization should call the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas directly at (214) 821-2950.
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