Baystate Health officials are alerting the public about a fundraising scam that has been brought to its attention.
Baystate has received a report of a phone solicitation seeking a donation on behalf of Baystate’s cancer programs in recognition of National Cancer Awareness Month. The caller states that they have a “special rate for seniors of $20, $30 or $40.” When a potential donor responds that they will donate, he or she is asked to “hold for a representative who will take their address and credit card information.”
“Baystate Health is not engaged in any telephone solicitation for its cancer program. Fraudulent solicitors who prey on the goodwill of donors undermine the public’s confidence in legitimate charitable fundraising efforts,” said Susan Toner, vice president of Development and executive director of the Baystate Health Foundation.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phony fundraising appeals - often made over the telephone - target both community-minded consumers and individual business donors who are sympathetic to a variety of causes ranging from helping police and firefighters to hospitals providing care to the sick and injured.
Anyone who has made a donation and provided their credit card number in response to the erroneous call, should contact their local police department and alert them to the fraudulent activity.