Fellsmere Police Warn Residents Against ‘Fundraiser’ Scam

Phone scam hits Fellsmere and possibly other surrounding areas.
Phone scam hits Fellsmere and possibly other surrounding areas.

FELLSMERE – There’s a new kind of scam in town and the Fellsmere Police Department is warning residents about a fundraiser drive.

While this scam is already happening in Fellsmere, other residents in Sebastian and Vero Beach may already be receiving calls.

A resident in Fellsmere received a call from the Florida Police Officers Association on Wednesday about the fundraiser drive for “families of officers killed in the line of duty” or “officers who have suffered a severe loss due to violence or injury.”

The Fellsmere Police Department then contacted the Florida Police Chief’s Association and learned that this is nothing more than a scam.

Complaints have already been made about the scam and the Department of Agriculture, and Consumer Services (DOACS) has been notified.

If you do receive a call and would like to file a complaint, you can do so online by going to the Fellsmere Police Department’s File a Complaint page.

Be on the lookout for the phone number they use: (850)-203-5920 and be aware that there is no such thing as a Florida Police Officers Association.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.