HOLLISTON (CBS) – Police in Holliston report that a scammer is using the Martin Richard Foundation’s logo in a fraudulent appeal for money, just days before the Boston Marathon and the six-year anniversary of the bombings.
Multiple residents called police about the scam on Tuesday and one brought a copy of an email they received to the station.READ MORE: Rally Calls For Asian Studies To Be Added To School Curriculum In Massachusetts
“Where do we begin?” police wrote on Facebook. “This has scam written all over it.”
The email contains a large image of the logo for the foundation, established to promote community engagement and kindness after 8-year-old Martin was killed in the 2013 bombings near the finish line.
Police said that scammers will frequently use logos to convince people that they’re contributing to a legitimate cause. But in this particular letter there are very clear red flags, including references to a “Saddam Hussein of Iraq discovery fund” and poor grammar throughout the message.
The email also asks for personal information like social security and bank account numbers so they can transfer the non-existent funds.READ MORE: Dorchester Grandmother Killed By Stray Bullet While Sitting On Porch Identified As Delois Brown
“NEVER give out any of this information. We can’t stress this enough. Scammers just want to steal your money,” police warn.
The Martin Richard Foundation responded to the scam Tuesday afternoon.
“Generosity, kindness and the willingness of people to take care of one another is the backbone of our work at the Martin Richard Foundation, and the people of Holliston are a clear example of how neighbors can act proactively to protect others. We’re grateful to the Holliston Police Department and engaged residents for alerting the public of the fraudulent use of our Foundation’s name and brand in an apparent fundraising scam. We couldn’t do our work without the community’s support.”
Donations to the foundation can be made at MartinRichardFoundation.org.MORE NEWS: Water Conservation Urged In Massachusetts Amid Dry Spell
Anyone who thinks they are being targeted by scammers should contact police.