Friends of the Homeless warn of phony fundraiser

Nonprofit group does not collect money this way

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield-based nonprofit organization has notified the police after receiving several reports about a man going door-to-door falsely soliciting donations.

Kathy Tobin, spokesperson for Friends of the Homeless, notified 22News that they received complaints about a man who was knocking on doors in the Indian Orchard neighborhood Tuesday morning. The man told residents that he was collecting money for FOH’s Worthington Street shelter, but Friends of the Homeless does not collect donations in this manner. Tobin says the man does not represent the organization, and that they also do not collect money over the phone, or by soliciting people on the street.

Friends of the Homeless Executive Director Bill Miller said that they want to get the word out to local residents. “FOH is very thankful to thos concerned residents who informed us of the imposter so we can get this warning out to the public,” he said in a statement.

Tobin says that you shouldn’t give money to someone who you do not know, and that if you have any doubts about a fundraiser’s legitimacy, you should call police.

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