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State police do not solicit donations, so don’t fall for this latest scam

State police at Troop G stations, which includes Rockview, have warned the public about a scam that illegally claims law enforcement will be the beneficiary.

Police have recently been tipped off to solicitation attempts from around central Pennsylvania in which people are receiving phone calls. The caller tells people they are fundraising on behalf of the “Pennsylvania State Police Fund” and usually claim that the money is for “Trooper Landon Weaver’s Family.”

Police, however, are prohibited from soliciting donations and cannot permit anyone or any organization from soliciting funds without the “explicit approval” of the state police commissioner.

It was made clear in a release that state police do not conduct any fundraising or charitable work, though it does endorse fundraising efforts for things like Camp Cadet and Crime Stoppers.

Police say donations to Weaver’s family can be made out to Macy Weaver; Altoona First Savings Bank at 601 East Allegheny Street in Martinsburg. The bank’s phone number is 793-3751.

People can also donate to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, which benefits state troopers and their families.

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