Local sellers of nonprofit warnings after some contacted by unknown person
The most wonderful time of year is still months away, but don’t tell Falon Tabares that. Her nonprofit, The Healthy Earth Corporation, is finalizing plans for her “Meet Santa” fundraiser.
“It’s free. And we’re going to have it like a DJ, and the sellers will be there,” said co-founder Falon Tabares.
Perhaps too many salespeople though, Tabares showed me Facebook messages from someone using the messaging salesperson name “Annie” asking for money in exchange for a seat at the “Meet Santa” event.
“It’s just absolutely overwhelming. It’s really repulsive, ”said Tabaras who has no idea who“ Annie ”could be. “She was really pressuring herself to send him something through a cash app. So like PayPal, Zelle. And just like, do it now, because we only got two places left, like do it right this minute.
She said the scam only hurts the young people she is trying to help. “We are raising funds to do something amazing for the community and for children to learn about environmental technologies and critical environmental issues.”
The president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County told WINK News before giving or agreeing to work with a nonprofit, consult them and don’t trust social media alone.
Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County, said, “People are getting more and more sophisticated in building fake organizations online, and people are giving to them. People can create anything online and say it’s, well, a legitimate thing.
The Collier County Community Foundation told WINK News they don’t often see this particular type of program. They say it’s much more common after a disaster.
The Financial Crime Bureau of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating.