Sacto 9-1-1
August 9, 2013
Davis police issue warning on door-to-door solicitations

The Davis Police Department is warning of a possible scam involving a door-to-door solicitor.

In June and July, police received complaints from two residents who appear to have been victims of fraud, according to a Police Department news release. Both victims reported that a man who appeared to be between 20 and 25 years old came to their door as a solicitor wearing an ID badge around his neck. The man was described as black, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slim build and nicely dressed.

In each case, police said, the man stated that he was soliciting for Urban Development Solutions, a charitable organization that assists underprivileged youth.

The victims presented the man with their donations in the form of a check, but they later discovered that the amount of the check was altered to show a higher payment. The man also had added his name to the check to obtain cash.

Davis police ask anyone who may have contributed money to the organization to check they bank account to make sure the amount is properly reflected and that the check has not been altered. Individuals who think they may have been victimized are encouraged to contact the Davis Police Department or their local law enforcement agency.

Police also remind people to always ask for proper identification when a solicitor comes to the door. The city of Davis requires all door-to-door solicitors to obtain a permit before walking through the community. Anyone who feels uncomfortable with a solicitor, or finds the individual does not have proper credentials, is asked to contact the Police Department.

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