The NYPD never solicits for charitable donations. New Yorkers have been conned out of millions of dollars by phony telemarketers who falsely claim to be soliciting donations on behalf of the New York City Police Department. These telemarketers pose as police officers and try to deceive potential donors with false and misleading statements that their donations will be used to support the NYPD, or help widows and children of slain officers. Sometimes they offer a police decal or similar item implying this will get you better treatment from the police.
If you receive a call on behalf of the NYPD:
Write down as much information as possible.
Ask for written material.
Report all calls to:
NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau: (212) 741-8401
Your call will be kept confidential. If you wish to contribute to the NYPD, the only approved fundraising organization for the NYPD is the New York City Police Foundation, Inc. For information, call (212) 751-8170. The Police Foundation does NOT use telemarketers.
Contributions to the New York City Police Foundation have helped the NYPD:
Remove thousands of dangerous criminals from our streets through Crime Stoppers
Assign international liaisons in 11 cities around the world to gather global intelligence
Build the most advanced crime-fighting computer facility in the country, the Real Time Crime Center