CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Police are warning residents not to be fooled by a scam asking for donations for a "Shop with a Cop" fundraiser.
Fayette and Raleigh police have received multiple reports from residents concerning individuals falsely soliciting money in the name of the Fraternal Order of Police, which holds the event annually.
The individuals claim to be raising money for Fayette County Memorial Lodge No. 118 and the Black Diamond Lodge in Raleigh County.
The Black Diamond Lodge is currently soliciting funds by telephone, but the effort is not for "Shop with a Cop" and it is not in any way connected with Fayette County.
The Fayette lodge does not use telephone solicitation for the program, said Chris Young, president of the FOP's Fayette lodge.
"We did away with telephone solicitation for our Shop-With-A-Cop program several years ago," Young said in a news release. "We send out direct mail requests for donations and ask that any checks be made payable to Fayette County Memorial Lodge #118 and mailed back directly to our Lodge."
Young said those mailers would go out in the coming weeks. He hopes to receive the same strong support as in past years.
"If anyone calls you and represents that he or she is soliciting funds for the Fayette County F.O.P.'s Shop-With-A-Cop fundraiser, this is a fraud," Young said.
He urges anyone who receives a call to immediately report it to police.