Man claims scammers working to collect donations in wake of Phoenix officer's death

PHOENIX - Tragedies like the death of Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs make us all want to find a way to show our support.

But too often, con artists use the opportunity to take advantage of innocent generosity.

Robert Jasinski of Mesa called Joe Ducey about some suspicious phone calls he starting getting just days after Det. Hobbs’ death.

“They’re claiming to be from Phoenix police officers,” said Jasinski.

He says the caller asks for donations to help support a fund for Detective Hobbs.

“I said "may I please have your shield number so I can call back to confirm this?" and they hang up,” said Jasinki.

Robert did what I recommended we should all do when being asked for money—question and verify everything.

Chances are it saved him a lot of time, money and aggravation.

Phoenix Police, 100 Club of Arizona, and Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) tell me they will never ask you for donations over the phone.

Instead they say you can go to their websites to find out about various fundraising events or donate directly through the website.

Link to donate: www.azplea.com (under the PLEA Charities tab)

Link to donate:  100 Club of Arizona

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