(WKTV) - New York State Police is advising the public that neither the State Police, nor any agency authorized by it, ever solicits donations from the general public.
A recent investigation into a telemarketer soliciting for a charity using the name The Fraternal Order of New York State Troops led to the fundraising corporation and its owner being barred from soliciting contributions in New York state and required the group to pay its remaining donations to a legitimate charity.
The New York State Police receives its funding through the state budget and does not solicit public donations. The only organization authorized to accept donations on behalf of the New York State Police is the not-for-profit Trooper Foundation, which is based in Latham. The Trooper Foundation does accept donations for the State Police Summer Program and other initiatives. However, it does not engage in telephone solicitations.
New York State Police advise people to be wary of solicitors who do not provide an address or phone number, demand immediate payment or payment in cash, seem vague on how contributions will be spent, refuse to provide financial information about a charitable organization or appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization.
More tips can be found at www.oag.state.ny.us/bureaus/charities/about.html