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Newtown Police Report Phone Scam Involving K9 Fundraising

The Newtown Police Detective Division initiated an investigation on Wednesday based on a complaint from a resident who had received a phone solicitation in which the phone solicitor represented himself as a K9 Officer.
The Newtown Police Detective Division initiated an investigation on Wednesday based on a complaint from a resident who had received a phone solicitation in which the phone solicitor represented himself as a K9 Officer. Photo Credit: www.newtownct-gov

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Newtown police were investigating Wednesday after a resident reported receiving a suspicious fundraising phone call in which a solicitor represented himself as a K9 Officer.

The resident said the caller claimed he was collecting money for the Newtown Police K9 Unit and would personally pick up the money himself at a prearranged place and time, police said.

The Newtown Police said in a statement that is is currently not engaged in any fundraising efforts.

The Newtown Police Detective Division said it has developed leads with the assistance of a legitimate fundraising company that represents the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association and solicits for this association.

The investigation is concentrating on an employee of this legitimate company who is using inside knowledge to commit fraud, police said.

Victims of this fraud are asked to contact Newtown Police Detective McAnaspie at 203-426-5841.

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