CT State Police Issue Warning about Highway Rest Area Scams

CT state policeSeveral people have contacted the Connecticut State Police in recent weeks regarding strangers approaching them at rest areas along Interstates 95 and 84 and on the Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkway and asking for money.

The strangers claim they don’t have have enough money for gas or left their wallets at home.

State Troopers advice is not to give these people money. In fact, Troopers always warn citizens to not give money to those asking under questionable circumstances.

“Simply decline the request and continue with your own travel. If you feel threatened in any way, please contact 911 so that a Trooper may respond…

Do not donate over the phone or to solicitors who appear at your door. Do not donate through Western Union or similar money transfer system. – CT State Police warning posted to Facebook

At this time of year a variety of different organizations collect money, gift cards, toys, and food, for those in need. With all these opportunities to give to charity, citizens may be more vulnerable to scams.

State Police recommend that you visit websites such as www.charitywatch.org or www.charitynavigator.org or www.givewell.org or www.guidestar.org to find reputable organizations and their ratings.

A little investigation can go a long way in ensuring your donation is well spent.


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