Make-A-Wish Foundation Issues Warning About Telemarketing Scam

UPDATED: Monday January 4, 2010 12:48 PM

A charity issued a warning Wednesday about telemarketers who claim to be raising money but are actually scammers, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana said it has received complaints from central Ohio residents about the scam.

When a telemarketer called Jeff Redfield Monday evening it did not raise any questions, because he raises money for a charity himself.

"He alluded to the fact that he worked for an organization that made wishes for children who were ill," Redfield said of the caller.

Redfield did not give any money and the Make A Wish Foundation said that is good, because it does not use telemarketers.

But Redfield was not the only person to receive a call Susan McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish also received a call last week.

"She was very aggressive and she said we're trying to raise money for 300 children and they're dying," McConnell said of the telemarketer. "I said this not a good call for you to be making right now, I'm the CEO of the Make A Wish Foundation and she said 'Oh sorry' and hung up."

Even before McConnell was called, she said her office received a number of complaint calls from people in central Ohio who were contacted by aggressive telemarketers, claiming to be raising money for them.

"It was rather ironic and somewhat funny when you look back on it that she actually got to me but it shows you how aggressive they are," McConnell said.

Now McConnell has a wish of her own; that anyone who receives a call from a telemarketer soliciting for Make-A-Wish will simply hang up.

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