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State police issue consumer reminder

In response to periodic public inquiries, the New York State Police advises state residents that it, or any agency authorized by it, never solicits donations from the general public.

A number of organizations with police-styled names conduct fundraising campaigns in which they solicit monetary donations for various purposes. Solicitors appeal for dollars to help support law enforcement initiatives such as the purchase of safety equipment, charitable summer camp programs or anti-DWI campaigns.

The New York State Police receives its funding through the state budget. The only organization authorized to accept donations on behalf of the New York State Police is the not-for-profit Trooper Foundation Inc., headquartered in Latham, Albany County, which does not engage in telephone solicitations to the general public.

The New York State Office of the Attorney General investigates illegal and questionable telemarketing operations in New York. Anyone who receives a solicitation by telephone, mail, e-mail or in person, from someone seeking money and who purports to be a representative or employee of the New York State Police, or suggests an affiliation with the New York State Police, is advised to get as many details as possible about the caller and to report it to the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau or the nearest attorney general’s office.

More tips on charitable giving can be found at the attorney general’s website: www.oag.state.ny.us.