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Possible fundraiser scam in Magnolia

January 26th, 2010 · 39 Comments

UPDATE:  Justin wrote to us tonight (1/27) to tell us this woman is still going door to door in the neighborhood:  I just thought that your readers might like to know that at approximately 5:30 PM today, a woman knocked on my door. She claimed that a neighbor’s child fell out of a window and that she was selling teddy bears to raise money for $10 each. Of course, I declined, remembering what I read about this scam in other places. She is middle aged, a bit heavy set, and has longish blonde hair. I live off of Government Way on Brygger Drive West. I just think Magnolia residents should be aware of this scam and not fall victim to it.

UPDATE:  Our sister site Queen Anne View found a reader who had a similar experience over the weekend.  Derek wrote: This evening a couple middle aged folks were wandering around asking for $10 donations, to go toward a family that lives somewhere in the neighborhood. Allegedly, a 3 year old fell out a window around Christmas time. Now the family is in need of financial support for the “medication” the girl needs to be on. I asked several questions, the woman was pretty quick to answer most of them. The only thing I thought was strange was that I offered to write a check to help and she didn’t know if she could accept a check. She was going to ask somebody and get back to me in fifteen minutes. She never came back. There would be absolutely no reason the couldn’t accept checks, right?

A Magnolia Voice reader is concerned about a person who came to her door on Sunday night claiming to be raising money for a worthy cause.  She is wondering if anyone knows whether it is legitimate or not?

Katherine writes:  This evening around 7:30 a man rang my doorbell to solicit funds for a Magnolia family. The man was selling stuffed animals that he said were donated, for $10. He said the fundraiser was for a Magnolia family whose child fell out of a three story window.  While I am all for supporting Magnolia families in need I am not convinced that this isn’t a scam.

Does anyone know anything about this?  This took place on 27th Avenue West, just north of Lawton School.  We have not gotten any reports of a child falling out of a window so let us know if you have any information in comments below.

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  • ad517

    I posted this in the Queen Anne Blog, as well. It is a scam, and very similar to one that occured a year ago in the Greenwood neighborhood:
    http://www.phinneywood.com/2009/01/03/door-to-d

    • kisala

      wow i just gave him a cheque that i will cancel straight away,he was talking about a kid that fell off suprising he dint give an address of where it happend,i live on williams ave

  • scamsabound

    On 29th just south of Lawton a grown man came around at the dinner hour selling Magazine subscriptions, so he could get a real job, recover from drugs, grew up in Chicago, blah-blah-blah. It wasn't cool.

  • wendellw

    I had a magazine salesman here too (near 35th and Thurman). Dinner time, pretty much same story, except from Detroit. Wonder why they think coming around at dinner time is a good idea?

  • amberke

    I just gave a man $6 at 7:00. He was selling the teddy bears for a single mother in need. We live over by Mulleady's.

  • walnutbackwards

    The same blond woman just came to my door about 10 minutes ago claiming to raise money for a boy named Issac Sanderson who fell out of a window. I live across from Thriftway on 34th.

    • kisala

      so the guy tried to cash the cheque,my bank called me and told me they had taken the cheque away from him but guess what..i called the police who said there is nothing they can do and apparently its not illegal for someone to come knocking on your door asking for money even if its under false pretence

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