The Lompoc Police Department has issued an alert after the owners of a local business reported fraud.
The investigation revealed a national charity known as “National Tipster” contacted the business and requested a donation. The charity uses the website www.nationaltipster.com and its advertising materials and tells businesses and residents the organization sends crime tips to local law enforcement.
Once the business owner said they would like to donate, the charity sent the business a package that required $250 cash on delivery. The package included a letter, calendar and set of company stickers, according to authorities.
“This organization is not connected to, working with or in any way associated with the Lompoc Police Department,” police said in a news release, adding that a public alert by the National City Police Department was also disbursed advising similar circumstances with the same charity.
“The Lompoc Police Department only works with legitimate non-profit organizations. These organizations will not solicit funds over the phone, pressure you to donate or ask for a credit card for a monthly or annual renewal,” police said.
Anyone who receives solicitations from any organization they believe Is questionable is advised to contact local law enforcement. Residents are reminded not to give out personal or financial information over the phone to anyone.