A new scam is hitting Santa Clarita, and while it may not be in the same category of credit ruining schemes like identity theft, it is preying on this town's commitment to its college.
“Twice this month the college has received notification from local residents that someone has come to the front door of their homes, identifying themselves as College of the Canyons journalism students, and asking for money to support a “journalism” project at the college. When the residents refuse, they then ask for money more directly,” said John McElwain, Director of Public Relations at COC.
Santa Clarita has proved its dedication to education, most recently by passing Measure M, which granted the College desperately needed funds to support its growing population of students. College of the Canyons is the fastest growing community college in the nation.
What really irks the administrators and the staff at COC, is that this scam utilizes their good reputation to get a few bucks out of people.
McElwain continued “College of the Canyons does not ask its students to go door-to-door to solicit cash donations for any reason. In all likelihood, the people who are engaged in this con are taking advantage of the strong reputation that COC has in the community and we only hope that no one is giving these people cash.”
Make no mistake, this is a con. If you open your door to find a well mannered person claiming to be acting on behalf of College of the Canyons asking you for money, it's time to notify the Sheriff’s Department.
Getting a glimpse at their ID or making sure to get a good description would help the authorities who are trying to catch these con artists, but anything that could potentially put you in danger should not be attempted.
If they are going door to door, one could even play it off, and then alert the Sheriff’s Department to your location with a description of anyone involved.
Needless to say, never give them money.