Locals say woman claiming to be with Tulsa Autism Foundation, asking for money
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Tulsans are saying a woman is trying to get money for autism awareness, but things aren't adding up.
"My sister said her father-in-law called about someone claiming to be Jennifer Miller and asking for donations for autism awareness," Jennifer Miller said.
The woman claimed to work with the Autism Foundation of Tulsa, which is where Miller works.
"I don't like thinking that people think I am asking for money," she said. "That is not the way we do things."
Or how they will ever do.
"We do it strictly through grants and fundraising efforts," Miller said.
Chuck Ketchel was one of the many who received the scam call, but he didn't fall for it.
"She would just keep going on with the script," he said. "We need money quickly, can you donate immediately, 35 or 50 dollars, can you give us your credit card."
He wanted to know more.
"They asked can we send you a letter and I said yes," Ketchel said.
"It didn't have any identifying things," Miller said. "It didn't have a tax ID, it didn't have a name on it, nothing."
When we called the number, it went to a voice recording saying no representatives are available right now.
"Just be very skeptical," Ketchel said. "It is a shame you have to be skeptical of charities, but that is where we are. Just ask questions, don't give out credit card information over the phone, make them come to you with a letter so you can do some research."
Avoid any calls requesting you to donate money via a credit card over the phone, these are easy ways for scam artists to get ahold of your information.
Miller reported the calls to police, but they told her this happens often and it's hard to trace the calls.
Police suggested posting the information on social media to warn potential victims.