FRAUD ALERT: United Way of Anderson Co. warns of phone scam

ANDERSON Co, SC (WSPA) - The United Way of Anderson Co. is warning people not to fall for a fraudulent call.

They say the caller is telling people they are from the United Way of Anderson Co. and trying persuade them to give out personal information.

"It is very frustrating for us for someone to try and discredit our name," said Lynn Dingle, VP of Communications at United Way.  "If they call and ask you for a donation, it is a scam. If they call and ask your name, address, or banking information... it is a scam."

Dingle also explained that a longtime volunteer at the organization received one of the fraudulent calls.  She told staff that the person on the other line was posing as a United Way employee, trying to sell her a medical alert bracelet for her medical condition.

"She knows exactly what we do here, and she knows we don't call people soliciting information. Especially medical information."

The caller is also 'spoofing' the phone number so it looks like the call is coming from the United Way.

Ellie Phillips, a community impact associate told 7 News on Tuesday evening that 2 weeks prior, a man called her direct line asking that United Way stop calling him.

To Phillips, it was a red flag, knowing that no one from her line had placed that call.

"He had been saying that he had been receiving calls from my number, every day at the same time for days and days," she explained.

United Way of Anderson Co. is reminding the public that it does not sell any merchandise or solicit any donations or funds via telephone.

If you receive a suspicious call from the organization, you're asked to take down the caller's name, hang up, and then dial the United Way of Anderson Co.'s direct telephone line: (864) 226-3438, to confirm the caller is an employee there.

United Way is also encouraging victims to report the call to law enforcement.

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