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Suspected Sheriff’s Office Phone Scam, Just a Big Misunderstanding

HERNANDO – Earlier today, the Sheriff’s Office alerted residents of a possible phone scam, where the caller claimed to be an employee of the Sheriff’s Office.

According to reports, the caller identified himself as “John Carr” and advised that he was collecting donations for kids by selling calendars.

Concerned that this was a possible scheme to bilk money from unsuspecting victims, officials informed residents that they never solicit funds by phone.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that a third party representative working for the Explorer Program was legally soliciting donation and no crime was committed.

Officials say they weren’t provided advance notice of the campaign, which prompted legitimate concerns.

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  • Dann is right

    Friday, 18 September 2015, 7:39 am
  • So did he work for the hcso? Or does he work for the third party firm? Why not say your with that firm calling for explorer program ? Or just the truth raising funds for explorer program .
    I believe the way we as citizens would have to do this legally is:
    Hi this is so and so
    I am with so and so
    We represent hcso and are raising funds for their explorer program by selling calendars.

    Just a little marketing advice.. I think you would get more donations NOT claiming to be with the sheriffs office in this area. Better off just saying the explorer program.

    And who is this third party firm? Does the company have a name?

    Friday, 18 September 2015, 12:28 am
  • Want to bet that the Explorer Program only gets about five to ten cents on the dollar collected by this third party solicitation outfit. Folks wake up and DO NOT DONATE via the phone unless you first ask the solicitation company to provide you (send you) a copy of the financial statement and tell you how much of every dollar collected actually goes to the charity they are working for. Tell them you will consider a donation only after you see the requested information.
    More than likely they will hang up on you before you hang up on them.

    Thursday, 17 September 2015, 9:01 pm

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