Sacto 9-1-1
May 27, 2011
UC Davis, Sacramento State alert public to fundraising scams

UC Davis is asking the public to be wary of an apparent fundraising scam in which people are going door-to-door soliciting donations for the university's marching band and students in two of its academic departments, according to a university news release.

A similar warning was issued by Sacramento State earlier this week.

Several people have called UC Davis reporting they were asked for money to support a trip to London for either the university's marching band or students in the departments of Music or Theatre and Dance, the UC Davis release states. Neither the band nor the two departments are raising funds to support a trip to London, and they do not solicit money door-to-door, according to the release.

The warning from Sacramento State, announced on Tuesday, said that two young women have been posing as students from that university's Department of Theatre and Dance and are selling magazines to "win a trip to London." The women have claimed that proceeds raised will be used for a production of "The Taming of the Shrew," and that they are also raising money for Shriners hospitals, according to the Sacramento State release.

Sacramento State does not send students off-campus to solicit funds, and its Theatre and Dance Department is not sponsoring trips to London this summer, according to the release.

Authorities ask anyone with information regarding the fraudulent fundraising requests to contact their local law enforcement agency.

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