Imposter pretends to raise funds for Friends of Film
More people are in the giving mood as Christmas approaches, and some scam artists want to take advantage of that spirit.
According to Colleen Mellott, co-founder of Friends of Film, someone has been going door to door recently asking for donations to the nonprofit. Friends of Film would never knock on doors for donations, Ms. Mellott wrote recently to supporters, and the money is not going to her organization.
Ms. Mellott wrote, “It saddens me that people would misrepresent the [Friends of Film] name for their own personal gain. We are a community group of professionals focused on networking and supporting each other’s work in the production industry, and do not fundraise.”
Superintendent Adrian Seales, with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, said the police have not heard about the Friends of Film scam, but schemes like this increase during the holiday season.
“The scammers are convincing and are using various strategies in an attempt to persuade persons to part with their money and to give out their personal details,” Mr. Seales said. If anyone has doubts about donation requests, they should not give money or personal information, he said.
Badir Awe, a volunteer with Friends of Film, said he has heard reports of the scammer making a plea for donations in Governors Square, along Seven Mile Beach, and in South Sound.
Mr. Seales said other scams the police service’s Financial Crime Unit is tracking involve “fraudulent advertisements being placed on local Internet classified/advertisement websites and also scammers calling local residents claiming to be from Microsoft Support.” He added, people should “always make effort to verify the legitimacy of any person or organisation who is offering a product or service or seeking a donation.”