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Springfield homeless shelter warns residents of scam

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Friends of the Homeless (FOH) is warning residents about a scam after a man was reported going door to door in Indian Orchard claiming to be collecting money for their Worthington Street homeless shelter.

FOH officials said they received reports of the man knocking on doors Tuesday morning and immediately notified the Springfield Police Department. They said the suspect does not represent the Worthington Street Shelter or its parent agency.

FOH does fundraise to assist individuals in need, but the 26-year-old agency will never send anyone door to door or solicit on street corners or over the phone, officials said.

"FOH is very thankful to those concerned residents who informed us of the imposter so that we can get this warning out to the public," said FOH Executive Director Bill Miller.

FOH officials cautioned residents to never open their door or wallet to anyone they do not know. A legitimate representative of any agency would carry identification.

Officials said if you have any doubt when approached by someone call police before opening yourself up to a potentially dangerous situation.

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