Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Teens charged with charity scam in Dunwoody - AJC

Police are warning Metro Atlanta residents to be aware of people soliciting money after three suspects posed as basketball players to try to scam money in Dunwoody.

Two of the suspects -- 15-year-old boys -- are now at the DeKalb County Youth Detention Center.

Almost everyone has been faced with a child approaching them outside a supermarket or on a street corner, asking for money for their sports team, scouting troop or school club. The question becomes how to differentiate the good-hearted Little League players from the crooks.

“Citizens have the right to walk to their vehicle and not be approached by people trying to scam money from them,” Dunwoody Police Det. Kelly Gobely said Tuesday.