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Salvation Army Warns Of Possible Upstate Scam

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The Salvation Army says they've received calls from people in Anderson County claiming they were approached by someone asking for money. The Salvation Army says they've received calls from people in Anderson County claiming they were approached by someone asking for money.
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. -

There's a warning out about phony door-to-door donations in the Upstate.

The Salvation Army says they've received calls from people in Anderson County claiming they were approached by someone asking for money.

Jarod Speer considers himself generous. 

"We donate all the time, usually if anybody asks for a donation we are the first to give," Speer said.

Which is why he was shocked to hear someone is going to door to door in Anderson asking for donations on behalf of the Salvation Army but instead is pocketing the money.

"If he approached me I would probably have donated the money not knowing they weren't supposed to be doing that," Speer said.

Salvation Army Major Bryan Tatterson wants you to know his organization will never knock on your door for donations.

Donations are only solicited through the famous Red Kettle Campaign, by old fashioned snail mail, or the Salvation Army's web site.

Tatterson tells us, the phony Salvation Army worker, is targeting mostly senior citizens.

Taking money the donors believe is coming here, to help the emergency shelter, and to feed the hungry.

"I know its tough out there but doing that is hurting those we are trying to help," Tatterson said.

Tatterson says all the person had to do was walk into his office and ask for help. 

"I don't think we have ever turned anybody away for at least food or clothing," Tatterson said.  

Speer is upset someone would take advantage of the Salvation Army's good name.

"It's wrong people work hard for their money," Speer said.  

The organization says it never asks for donations by going door-to-door.

If someone solicits money from you, you're urged to call police.

If you have any questions about donations you can contact your local Salvation Army Chapter.

Anderson: (864) 225- 7381

Greenville: (864) 235-4803

Spartanburg: (864) 576-8330

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