HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A scam warning sent by Huntsville Police on Thursday turned out to be about a legitimate Fraternal Order of Police Fundraiser.
In their original alert Huntsville Police said the scammer was posing as a high ranking HPD officer, but Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6 spokesperson Donny Shaw says the confusion was caused by a coincidence with a third party vendor contracted to run a fundraiser. Shaw says one of the people working for the vendor happened to have the same name as the HPD officer causing confusion.
Huntsville Police verified the fundraiser was authentic Thursday evening.
Donny Shaw sent us this statement about the fundraiser:
“FOP Lodge 6 has a vendor fundraising at this time with Christmas Prayers with a Cop, ballistic vest, lodge maintenance, death benefit, memorial fund and training/development being the programs the donations are allocated to. Checks are the only method of payment accepted. A runner is sent to receive the check and a letter of appreciation is left signed by myself the lodge president. There was recently some confusion because a vendor employee has the same name as an HPD employee. The vendor has taken measures to avoid that in the future.”
Donny Shaw, who is also a Lieutenant with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office did tell WAFF 48 News on Friday that if you are ever worried a call soliciting a donation is from a scammer that you should contact law enforcement to verify it’s authenticity before donating.
FOP Lodge 6 has about 500 members of local law enforcement officers from the Huntsville and Madison County area.