FOX RIVER GROVE – Police are warning residents of a scam where people went door-to-door to solicit donations in a fraudulent fundraiser.
During the week of June 1, a group of people who fraudulently identified themselves as fundraisers for the Crystal Lake-based Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund, canvassed a neighborhood and asked for donations, police said in a news release. The group had fake fliers, with the cancer fund’s logo stating they were raising money for 16-year-old cancer patient Katie Smith, police said. The girl on the flier died in 2007.
The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund does not conduct door-to-door donation campaigns. The group with the fake fliers collected several monetary donations from residents, thus committing theft, police said.
“It saddens me that people would use the good work that our organization does, and misrepresent it for their own personal gain,” said Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund President Brent Beckwith. “It is unfortunate that people who were willing to make a donation to our cause were taken in by this scam.”
People who may have been a victim of the scam or have information about the person or group of people conducting the scam can contact the Fox River Grove Police Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 847-639-2411 or Crime Stoppers at 800-762-7867.