Reporting Brian New
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police are warning some North Texas residents about a scam artist pretending to be with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
The impostor has been targeting the Lakewood neighborhood in Dallas, as well as neighborhoods in Highland Park, Addison and Southlake.
For the last week or so the male crook has been 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 Clubs of Greater Dallas,” explained Charles English, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clusb of Greater Dallas. English said the first thing wrong is the crook’s approach. “We don’t do door-to-door solicitation.”
Despite his intentions, the scam artist apparently knows what he’s doing and plays the part of a Boy & Girls Clubs representative very well.
He even has a phony identification card with the Boys and Girls Clubs logo on it.
“He seemed like a nice enough guy,” said David Kindle from the Lakewood Heights neighborhood. “He didn’t set off any alarm bells which I guess is the worst thing about it.”
“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.
“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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