SCAM ALERT: NHP warning public of crooks seeking charitable phone donations

The Nevada Highway Patrol has received several complaints from citizens saying that they are being contacted by a local phone number and solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable originations.

Some callers have said they were solicited from someone posing as the American Association of State Troopers, Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself. Callers have also stated that the scammer threatens unfair treatment from Troopers should they choose not to donate funds.

“We had people who were being threatened that if they didn’t donate money that the charity had their number and that they’d be treated unfairly by the highway patrol,” says Trooper Jason Buratczuk.

NHP wants the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information.

The American Association of State Troopers is a verified association that is headquartered out of Florida. This association does not call to solicit donations. Additionally, the Nevada Highway Patrol does not operate any charitable organizations at this time.

“We don’t have any charities. You will never get a phone call from the highway patrol asking for donations for anything,” says Buratczuk.

Las Vegas resident Jeff Blue Cutler received one of the calls Wednesday morning.

“He’s like, dude… don’t you want the troopers to know you support them?” says Blue Cutler, in describing the call.

He says the caller was a male and had a slight east coast accent, but he thought something wasn’t right.

“I just hung up,” says Cutler.

The Nevada Division of Investigations is investigating this fraudulent activity. If anyone has been solicited for donations or have donated funds, please contact our investigators at 702-432-5225.

Citizens are reminded if they want to donate money to a verified law enforcement charity they can do so through the Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF).

The Injured Police Officers Fund does not solicit donations over the phone.

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