Fake Fundraiser Stealing From Kids: Boys & Girls Club

Man claims to raise money for children but doesn't work for club

By Scott Gordon
|  Saturday, May 8, 2010  |  Updated 3:44 AM CDT
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Boys & Girls Club Warns About Impostor

The Boys & Girls Club says an impostor is soliciting money in their name.

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Boys & Girls Club Warns About Impostor

The Boys & Girls Club says the organization does not go door-to-door to raise money.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is warning about an impostor soliciting money in their name.

“He’s stealing from children,” said Misti Carder-Potter, vice president of marketing and resource development. "To know somebody is using the name of the Boys & Girls Club and using our kids to benefit themselves is sad. It is pathetic that someone is doing this."

Carder-Potter said the organization has received reports about the man for about three months. He started in Mesquite but has now moved to Dallas, she said.

On Friday, he showed up at two businesses on South Fitzhugh Avenue.

"He had a good story, a real good story,” said David McKenzie, who cuts hair at TB’s Unfadeable Cutz barber shop. "He was saying, ‘I'm doing it for the kids. You know, baseball program, uniforms, baseballs, baseball bats. Everything is for the kids.’"

Next door, hair stylist Shaquana Feaster said the same man walked in her salon with the same pitch.

"He just looked like a regular old guy coming in,” she said. "He told us he was from the Boys & Girls Club."

Carder-Potter said the organization does not solicit for contributions door-to-door.

The group filed a police report, but there is little for detectives to go on, she said.

The man shows people a letter that appears to be on Boys & Girls Club stationery, but Carder-Potter said the logo was used only briefly about five years ago.

Feaster and McKenzie said they became suspicious and did not give him any money.

"Some people give donations because they think it's the godly thing to do,” Feaster said. “But I didn't buy it."

They said the man disappeared when they started raising questions.

"As soon as I started talking to my clients, like Hey, I think he's an impostor, we look outside (and) he's gone,” McKenzie said.

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