Hoboken police seeking public’s help in identifying man running charity scam

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The Hoboken Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man running a charity scam, last seen in the city on Sunday. Hoboken scammer

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Sunday around 11:00 a.m., the man entered the Garden Deli and Grocery Store, located at 700 Garden St., and showed the store employee what appeared to be a county employee identification card, according to Police Det. Sgt. Edgardo Cruz.

During their short conversation, the man identified himself as being from the “Hudson County Police Department” and said he was collecting donations for the “Center for Protection and Recovery Services,” police said.

He then handed the employee a donation letter, which contained several misspelled words, and a receipt from a receipt book. The man claimed he had prior arrangements with the owner, who committed to a $50 donation, officials said.

The employee was unable to immediately get in contact with the store owner and decided to give the $50 donation without checking the authenticity of the organization, authorities said.

The scammer is said to be about six-feet tall, with dark, straight pushed back hair and was wearing glasses, a white long-sleeved button down shirt, tan khaki pants and black shoes, police said.

Cruz also warned residents to go online to verify that a charitable donation is really going towards the cause it is supposed to.

Anyone with any information can contact the department at 201-420-2108.