Marsha Lynn Foster of Dekalb County, Georgia has been charged with identity theft and theft by deception. According to authorities, Foster posed as a representative of Toys for Tots and falsely solicited donations from local merchants in a fraudulent manner. Police arrested Foster Saturday evening at her home near Decatur, Georgia.
Authorities have offered some helpful tips when approached by donation seekers:
Obtain the representatives credentials such as photo identification.
Obtain charity organization information such as a business card and other literature.
Do not give donation immediately. Take the time to contact the agency to verify they had a representative in your area.
Most charity organizations will provide a donation request on letterhead and they will not ask for CASH ONLY.
Most importantly, use your common sense.