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 and ask for written material.
Report all calls to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau at (212) 741-8401.
Your call will be kept confidential. The only approved fundraising organization for the NYPD is the New York City Police Foundation, Inc. The Police Foundation does NOT use telemarketers.