NEWPORT BEACH : Phone Fund-Raisers Mislead, Police Say

The Police Department is warning residents to beware of people soliciting money over the telephone in the name of the Newport Beach police.

According to Andy Gonis, police spokesman, the majority of complaints have come from residents who have been contacted by a firm that is soliciting contributions for another police department.

Gonis said some people have complained that the solicitors portray themselves either as Newport police officers or representatives of the department. Gonis said they are not. The Newport Beach Police Employees Assn. does not participate in any type of fund-raising by telephone or door-to-door solicitation, according to Gonis.

Gonis noted, however, that some police organizations do solicit by telephone and that people should take the time to verify that all solicitations are legal.

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