A Central Avenue resident received a call on his home phone at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Sandusky police report. The caller tried to solicit the resident for money, asking him to donate $20 on behalf of the Sandusky Police Department, the report said. The caller mentioned Dunn’s name.
The resident told the caller he never gives out money over the phone. The resident then explained he knows many Sandusky officers, and he also doubted the caller’s legitimacy, the report said.
Once confronted, the caller promptly hung up. Officers called the phone number back, but they were only able to reach an answering machine.
When a Register reporter called the number at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, a man who answered said he was a member of a law enforcement coalition based in Columbus. The man said his organization’s goal is to raise money for the families of troopers and police officers killed in the line of duty.
When the reporter agreed to donate money, the call was transferred to a woman with a thick foreign accent to confirm payment and address details.
“There are many times people use a situation to scam others for money, this is just an example of one,” Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said. “We strongly encourage anyone to check and verify an organization before they contribute any funds to it.”