Here’s the first
thing to remember: Chesterton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 141 is not
currently soliciting donations for needy families.
Here the second
thing to remember: even if Lodge 141 were soliciting donations, its members
wouldn’t badger residents over the phone.
That’s how a local
woman knew that she was being scammed.
Chesterton Police, on Wednesday the woman got a call from a man purportedly
calling on behalf of the “Chesterton FOP” and seeking “to raise money for 28
needy families that went without during the Christmas season.”
The man asked the
woman for $100. The woman said no. He then asked for $50. And again she said
Then “the man
became belligerent and hung up,” police said. “That is when she knew it was
not a legitimate request from the Chesterton FOP.”
“This is a scam
attempt in which someone is trying to use the FOP’s good reputation to
entice folks into giving money,” police said. “The man did not provide any
information about himself. No caller ID info is available.”