The callers appeal to the generosity of Montgomery County, Md., residents by urging them to contribute to a charity benefiting police officers. Checks are to be mailed to the charity’s office at an elegant corporate building in Bethesda. But those who contribute to the Police Protective Fund, county officials told the Washington Post, are victims of a nationwide scam — an accusation the fund’s executive officer denies.
“Just as with every other area of charitable giving, the scam artists have found a way to muddy the waters and divert money away from legitimate law enforcement charities,” Montgomery Executive Douglas M. Duncan said. “We’re here today to expose them for what they are.” Duncan spoke to reporters in front of One Democracy Plaza, an office building where the charity rented a mail drop. Montgomery officials asked the Maryland secretary of state to open an investigation into the fund, which is registered as a nonprofit group and has operated in the state since the late 1990s.