Public Alerted to Solicitations by Library Donation Scammers
SAN RAFAEL – According to a recent Community Alert issued by the San Rafael Police Department, citizens have contacted the department inquiring about the validity of a fundraising campaign for the local library.
A male caller has been contacting residents on their home telephones in an attempt to obtain funds. The caller tells potential victims that the library is at risk of closing and asks for their financial assistance to keep the library open. The suspect then asks residents for their credit card numbers.
The caller has not been able to provide any details about the bogus fundraiser and he attempts to keep the calls short. Thus far, none of the residents reporting the scams have given out their personal credit information.
The San Rafael Public Library does not have a fundraising campaign to keep the library open and no one is authorized to call on behalf of the library to ask for money. Citizens are advised not to give out credit card numbers by telephone or email. Always verify the information being provided to you. If you feel the call is a scam, call you local police department to report the incident.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. This phone number will accommodate all languages. Callers can remain anonymous and may earn a possible reward. Tips can be made online at www.bayareacrimestoppers.org.
Information can also be provided by using the SRPD Silent Witness tip form available at http://www.srpd.org/tips.