Alleged scammers pose as non-profit asking for cash donations

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DENISON, TX -- A warning about a possible scam, using the good name of a local charity and popular business owner.

Residents in one Denison neighborhood said they saw a woman and child going door-to-door asking for cash donations and selling t-shirts claiming to benefit local business owner, Buffy Hanson. The two also claimed to be affiliated with the non-profit Women Rock. But both Hanson and Women Rock said these people are not associated with them.

Dillon Wedel heard an unexpected knock on his door a few days ago.

"It was a little girl. I think she's 12 to 14 somewhere in there and I saw another one run by so I believe there's just two of them and there's a car following them," he said.

Wedel said the girl was asking for cash donation on behalf of Buffy Hanson, a well-known Denison business owner who is currently fighting breast cancer, and he said something didn't feel right.

"It's strange because they don't usually ask for cash money," he said.

"I think they should be ashamed of themselves," said Hanson.

She found out Monday that a woman, described to be in her 30's accompanied by a young girl, has been going door to door in the Haven Circle area of Denison, even some small businesses, asking for cash and selling t-shirts claiming to benefit Hanson.

The woman also claimed to be associated with the non-profit group Women Rock.

"I'm horrified, people have given money in my name so they're being stolen from," said Hanson.

"I'm very disappointed, because that's not what we do."

Women Rock Executive Director, LuAnn Daniel, said her organization is a legitimate non-profit that works to help breast cancer survivors. And they never go door-to-door asking for donations.

"That's not how Women Rock operates. We don't do that kind of things, we don't endorse that kind of thing, we do have fundraisers for breast cancer survivors but the always know first," she said.

Hanson said she contacted Denison Police and Sgt. Paul Neumann said residents need to be aware when someone comes knocking on their doors.

"Keep in mind that any reputable organization that is soliciting a product or charity must have a solicitor's license from the city," he said.

"It's a terrible thing to do, to use somebody's disabledness for the betterment of yourself," said Wedel.

Sgt. Neumann said it's also important to ask for picture identification when someone knocks on your door selling or asking for donations.

If you are suspicious or think you've been scammed, contact your local law enforcement.

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