Fraudulent solicitors reportedly going door to door

Published 1:11pm Friday, July 12, 2013

Leaders of the Albert Lea Salvation Army are advising area residents of fraudulent solicitations being done using their organization’s name.

The Salvation Army has received several calls about people who were reportedly walking door to door asking for cash donations to support them.

“The Salvation Army does not participate in door-to-door fundraising campaigns,” said Capt. Jim Brickson.

If residents are approached by someone who is doing so, they are asked to check for their identification, check their solicitation and get a description of what they are wearing.

“These are fraudulent activities and must be reported to the authorities of immediately,” the release stated.

Brickson said the local Salvation Army depends on the generosity of the Albert Lea and Freeborn County communities to help people facing a crisis in their lives, but all legitimate fundraising events are planned and promoted through the local media.

For more information, call the Salvation Army at 373-5710.