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"There is never a reason to donate over the phone and many times when you do donate over the phone, even if it is a legitimate charity, a large percentage goes to pay the callers and contracts and never makes it way to the charity."

Scammers say they are raising money for sheriff’s department

Statement as issued Monday by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department:

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey warned residents today of a phone solicitation by scammers. The Sheriff’s Office received a call on Sunday from a concerned citizen who stated that someone had called them soliciting funds for the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office does not solicit funds from citizens,” stated Sheriff Grey, “the only solicitation that the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office endorses is the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and that solicitation will come by US Mail.” Residents are encouraged to just hang up on callers requesting any kind of donation. Determine what charities you would like to give too, then mail your contribution directly to your preferred charity. There is never a reason to donate over the phone and many times when you do donate over the phone, even if it is a legitimate charity, a large percentage goes to pay the callers and contracts and never makes it way to the charity.

If you have questions about solicitations, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

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