The California Education Technology Professionals Association is warning residents about a fraud ring operating in Northern California that is using young people to go door to door asking for money to support the organization's Student Bridge to the Future Scholarship.
The association does not solicit individuals for donations to support the scholarship, according to a news release. The organization has received calls regarding the fraudulent solicitations from El Cerrito, San Ramon and Oakland.
In some cases, young people have been reported canvassing neighborhoods, allegedly selling magazine subscriptions. In other cases, they have offered services such as lawn care or house work in effort to obtain money.
The association urges residents who receive such solicitations to call police, stressing that local authorities must catch the individuals while they are in the neighborhood.
The California Education Technology Professionals Association is a 50-year-old organization with headquarters in Sacramento that aims to promote the integration of instructional and administrative technology in school agencies.