Norfolk neighbors warn about fake candy bar fundraiser

Posted at 12:53 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 17:57:49-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Those who live in the Bayview section of the city are warning their neighbors about an ongoing fake donation fundraiser.

This week, several neighbors have reported that a woman has been knocking on their doors at night, claiming to be collecting donations for the Norfolk SPCA. According to neighbors, the woman is selling candy bars; the proceeds from the sale are then donated to the animal organization.

According to a spokesperson with the Norfolk SPCA, they are not running a candy bar sale fundraiser.

"This is not a real fundraising effort that we are aware of," said Emily Friedland with the Norfolk SPCA through an email on Thursday.

News 3 spoke to neighbors who say when they asked the woman for identification, she wasn't able to provide them any. While they did not give her any money, they worry that others will fall victim to the fake fundraiser.

"The only advice we would be able to offer is to ask for our Tax Identification Number and if someone looks suspicious to call the organization and verify with us," explained Friedland.

Neighbors say they have reported the woman's activity to police.