Sacto 9-1-1
June 15, 2009
Fake fundraisers use Sac State band as front in Auburn

From Bill Lindelof:

Auburn police are warning residents that two scam artists have gone door-to-door falsely collecting money for the Sacramento State marching band.

The scam occurred last week when two men knocked on doors and said they were collecting money to finance a band trip to London.

At least two people donated, giving $35 and $110 for the phony trip, said Auburn police Capt. John Ruffcorn.

The suspects, one white and one Hispanic, are in their 20s, police said.

Ruffcorn said California State University, Sacramento, has no current fundraising for its marching band.

Auburn police say residents should ask solicitors for valid identification and, while the solicitor waits, call and verify that the fundraising is legitimate.

Relative to the marching band scam, Ruffcorn asks residents to call (530) 823-4237 if they are approached by solicitors.

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