The Huron County Sheriff's Office received information from a Norwalk resident about a call received from the "Public Awareness for Police Protective Fund."
There was a concern of this call being legitimate. The complainant advised that when she called the number back on her caller ID (740-818-5143), only a recording was received, deputies said.
This number was confirmed as being identified to a wireless phone, and the recording stated, "Please leave your name and number twice."
The Ohio Attorney General's Office was contacted, and a search for verification was conducted. The Attorney General's Office responded by saying that this organization was not registered with their office and not in compliance, which they advised indicates a "potential scam."
In 2011, this organization was pinpointed as requesting donations by phone in Northfield, Ill., claiming its representatives were soliciting on behalf of local law enforcement agencies. Village officials for these agencies stated they would not solicit contributions over the telephone, and warned their residents not to respond to anyone requesting donations for their agencies.
Sheriff Dane Howard is advising that if you receive a similar call, hang up and call the non-emergency number at the Huron County Sheriff's Office to report the incident. (419-663-2828)
If you have concerns about anyone reporting that they are raising funds for law enforcement purposes, contact your local law enforcement authority to determine the legitimacy.