When a man shot and killed two Harford County deputies in an Abingdon Panera earlier this month, many people were shocked and horrified. Apparently at least one person saw the tragedy as an opportunity to make some quick cash.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, a number of local residents have received calls from someone claiming to be collecting money on behalf of the families of the two slain deputies, Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon. There is a fundraising site being run by the sheriff’s office, but the person trying to get people to give up credit card numbers over the phone claims to be a representative of the local Fraternal Order of Police as he claims. Deputies working in Harford County aren’t even represented by the Fraternal Order of Police. And the FoP says that they would never solicit donations over the phone anyway.
In general, it’s always wise to do a little bit of investigation before making any donations–particularly ones that are solicited over the phone.