Manchester police say candy allegedly sold for Boys & Girls Club is a scam
MANCHESTER - A kid selling candy bars claimed it was for charity.
Turns out, it wasn't. Police say it was nothing more than a scam.
Tonight, police are trying to get the word out that one kid is telling unsuspecting people that he's raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester.
It's an organization that has served the kids of the Queen city for decades.
"We're here to service our kids and it wasn't one of our children doing that," says Diane Raymond, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester.
It's that person who was thinking they were giving to the organization who had no idea he was handing over his hard-earned money to someone who was making a quick buck but word got back to the Manchester Police quickly.
"One of the employees from the Boys & Girls Club contacted me," says Raymond.
That anonymous person reporting that the boy sold the victim a candy bar for $5 at a restaurant in Bedford and claimed the money went to the club but instead, the cash went right into his pocket.
But it gets worse.
Police say it's not the first time someone's pulled a stunt like this.
"Back in December and November, they had a similar scam but were unable to catch the people doing it," says Sgt. Brian O'Keefe of the Manchester Police Department.
O'Keefe says it's easy to become a victim a victim but here's the catch.
He says asked the supposed salesperson to see a permit.
If they don't have one, he says, chances are the person is not legit.
"Ask for a solicitation for a charity permit," O'Keefe says. "If they don't have one, chances are it's a scam."
"Of course, it's sad for our name to be exposed, to be associated with this per se, scam, but what's most concerning is the child being put out there to sell candy bars," says Raymond.
So bottom line?
"If it does look suspicious, most likely it is," says Raymond.
So how can you be sure you don't become a victim?
Ask to see the permit.
You can also find the legitimate fundraising activities for the Boys & Girls Club of New Hampshire by going to their website at http://www.mbgcnh.org