Shoals Citizens Warned: Scam Circulating, Targets Habitat For Humanity

Posted on: 10:00 pm, May 31, 2013, by , updated on: 10:31pm, May 31, 2013

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – (WHNT) A scam circulating around the Shoals is targeting people who want to help families in need and a well-known organization.

A man is reportedly asking for cash to donate to Habitat for Humanity.

Now the organization wants to send out a warning, so others don’t fall victim.

Shoals Habitat for Humanity office manager, Myra McDougal says so far at least two different complaints have come in about the possible scam.  However McDougal believes other people may have already fallen victim.

“It does bother me because Habitat is out to build houses to help people and then we have someone that is out kind of slandering our name to help themselves,” said McDougal.

McDougal says one Sheffield woman called the Shoals Habitat for Humanity office to check the possible scammer’s credentials, but only after giving him $50 to support his cause.

According to a victim, the man was soliciting cash, going from one house to the next on Hiram Street in Sheffield.  Another incident was reported from the Cloverdale area.

The victim says the man told her he was collecting money for a woman and her two children.  However, Habitat for Humanity leaders say they do not do any sort of fund raising like this.

“We don’t go around at all soliciting door to door, that’s not something we do,” said McDougal.

The office manager says legitimate Habitat for Humanity volunteers will only be in your  neighborhood to pick up items for the area’s Re-Store.  Also, the volunteers will be wearing a uniform with the organization’s logos.