Local Business Questions Legitimacy of Cancer Donation Box
BROOKSVILLE – According to a recent Federal Trade Commission report, four cancer charities are charged with bilking nearly $200 million from consumers. According to officials, Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Inc., Cancer Fund of America Inc., and Breast Cancer Society Inc. claimed donations were used to pay for medications, Hospice Care, and other services – but they were actually lining the pockets of Corporate Officers.
Last week, Gary Nagel, the manager of a local auto parts store contacted RNRF, voicing concerns over a lollipop charity donation box placed on their counter. Nagel says, the box had been there for quite a while, and that at least once a month a woman claiming to be with Candy for a Cure would empty out the cash. Nagel became suspicious over the charity, so he tried calling the number on the box; however, each time he called, it would always go to voicemail.
During my investigation, I determined that the number was a Google number, which are practically untraceable, and I also reached voicemail each time I called. Before reaching the point of leaving a voicemail, the message tells callers to contact Breast Cancer Recovery at www.bcrecovery.org for more information – so I did. According to a representative of BCR, they have no charity partners that do business as Candy for a Cure.
Today, I received a blocked call from “Patrick” who says his wife runs the organization and that she will have to call me back. I’m still waiting for that call. During our short conversation, “Patrick” alluded to the fact that he runs several organizations but he did not elaborate further.
We contacted a spokesperson with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office regarding the elusive “charity” but so far we haven’t received any official complaint reports.
At this time, RNRF cannot confirm the legitimacy of Candy for a Cure, but due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding their existence, we thought it would be prudent to bring the charity to your attention.
If you have information on this charity or any other that you believe may be operating illegitimately, email RNRF at [email protected] or contact law enforcement.
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