Salvation Army warns of scam

The Salvation Army wants to warn the residents of the Indian Wells Valley of a scam that is hitting various parts of the region.

A Salvation Army supporter reported on July 27 that a teenage girl is going door to door selling raffle tickets for a big-screen television giveaway and claiming that proceeds will benefit needy children via the Salvation Army.

She does not have any kind of Salvation Army identification connecting her to the local program.

According to local officials, the Salvation Army is not currently hosting a fund-raiser of this kind. In other words, it’s a scam.

The Salvation Army of Ridgecrest does not host raffle drawings or collect funds door to door. People who do collect funds for the Salvation Army always have identification or proof that they are authorized to do so.

The only active collection drives are a back-to-school supply drive and a food drive through China Lake.

“Our programs rely on the generous support of our local community,” said Envoy Donna Griffin. “We hope people are aware of this information so people can ensure that their donations end up in the right hands.”

The Salvation Army is cooperating with law enforcement in efforts to stop the imposter. Anyone with fmore information about this scam is urged to call the Ridgecrest Police Department, 760-499-5100.

Story First Published: 2012-08-01