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November 22, 2009

Toys for Tots scam results in arrest for identity theft

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.

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