Fundraising phone call a scam

Holmes Beach Police Officer Brian Copeman is alerting the public that a phone call from someone claiming to be raising funds for the Anna Maria Elementary school is a scam.

“I contacted the school principal, Dave Marshall, and he said there is no fundraiser at this time of year, so late in the school year,” Copeman said.

Two area businesses were called last week by the scammers and reported the call to HBPD, said Copeman, who is the AME resource officer.

Marshall said he learned the scam call to one business was made from Texas and the caller alleged to be accepting donations for a student activity book, “No Time for Crime.”

Although the caller used the name of an AME teacher, Marshall said it is not a legitimate fundraising campaign.

Marshall said the caller may have obtained information from the school website.

Copeman said anyone receiving a phone call asking for a donation for AME should try to get a call-back number or name, then report the incident.

Call HBPD at 941-708-5804 to report any suspect solicitations.

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