College of the Canyons officials are warning residents of an apparent door-to-door solicitation scam, by individuals claiming to be COC drama students.
Another door-to-door solicitation scam appears to be going around, this time by people claiming to attend College of the Canyons.
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Two individuals who identified themselves as “COC drama students” were going door to door in the Valencia Vista neighborhood on Saturday, residents told COC officials.
It was the same day local deputies arrested a woman believed to be illegally soliciting donations for Children’s Hospital.
The solicitors claiming to be from COC were asking people to purchase books from a printed catalogue, allegedly to raise money for a cross-country trip.
COC does not solicit donations door to door, nor do staff encourage students to do so, according to a press release issued by the school.
This kind of scam has happened in the past, most recently in June, when solicitors were asking for donations for a college newspaper. COC does not publish a newspaper.
“It’s almost an annual thing–it seems like it happens in the summer most frequently,” COC Spokesman Bruce Battle said at the time.
This time, it’s happening days before the spring semester begins on Monday.
“In all likelihood, the people who are engaged in this con are taking advantage of the strong reputation that COC has in the community,” the press release said. “It is the college’s hope that no one falls victim to this scam.”
COC raises money through community partnerships, rather than solicitations, Battle said in June.
Anyone who encounters these solicitors should ask for their identification, take note of their physical description and contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
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Source: Santa Clarita News