Beware of school fundraising scam
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Local business owners and individuals are advised to be on guard against telephone solicitors claiming to be raising money for Glenwood Springs High School and other area schools.
GSHS Principal Paul Freeman said Friday that he had heard from two local business owners who had received calls from solicitors asking them to give money for the high school.
“We just want to alert the populace that they’re apparently working our area,” Freeman said.
Freeman said he’s not aware of any active fundraising efforts going on by any GSHS clubs or organizations at this time.
In any case, a few questions of whoever is asking for money can go a long way in making sure if it’s legitimate or not, he said.
“Some of these outfits are quite sophisticated,” he said. “One thing you can do is ask them for a number where you can call them back. That usually gets them.”
Asking what the money will be used for, or something about the school that only someone closely associated with it would know, are other ways to screen out scammers.
“And, of course, if anyone truly wants to give some money to the schools, we’d really like to get it,” Freeman said.
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