Police warn of donation scam

PHILADELPHIA - September 11, 2008 - This has been going on for a year. The non-profit says their good name is being abused, and estimates there have been about 100 complaints about the scam.

According to investigators, the woman has gone from South Street to Germantown to Atlantic City, going door to door, claiming she's collecting donations. Mothers in Charge says, it doesn't go door to door.

The group is a highly regarded, grass roots, anti-violence organization. It says the scammer is hurting its reputation. Mothers in Charge is told the woman is often dressed in a Muslim style headscarf and what appears to be one of the group's distinctive shirts.

"She does this because she has no morals," said Mothers in Charge member Sheila Ward. "There's no boundaries to what she would do if she would do something that low."

There is a reward of $1,000, which has been put up by a friend of the organization. If the woman approaches you, call the police. If you're uncomfortable calling the police, get the tag number from car. Then call "Mothers in Charge" who will call police.

Mothers in Charge: (215) 235-7283

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