Ellsworth police warn of possible phone scam

ELLSWORTH — City police are warning of an apparent phone scam in which the person who is called is asked to donate money to the police.

The problem, according to local police, is that they don’t solicit money over the phone.

On Aug. 19, an Ellsworth woman came in to the police station at City Hall. Her initial intent was “to verify what she thought was a charitable donation to the police department,” according to a police report.

The woman told Officer Dan Owens that a man had called her that morning “representing what she thought was the Ellsworth Police Department.” The woman said the man told her he was soliciting funds for “fallen and injured police officers.”

The woman gave the man her credit card information and said she made a $35 donation.

Owens told the woman that the Ellsworth Police Department “does not solicit funds via telephone and would not ask for credit card information.”

The woman was advised to call her credit card company and stop any payments.

Lt. Harold Page said the apparent scam is “of special concern” to the police department. In addition to not soliciting funds as a department, Page additionally said the police force does not “hire anyone else to do it for us.”

Anyone who received a similar call should contact Ellsworth police at 667-2168.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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