Scammers behind fake charity need to be taught a lesson

Just when we thought we’d heard it all, along comes a phony charity that pretends to help U.S. soldiers overseas.

How low, how classless can people be?

The news came last week when North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease and desist order banning the fake charity “Nationwide Soldier Support” from doing business in North Dakota. Brittany Camacho of Puyallup, Washington, also operates a website, nationwidesoldiersupport.org, soliciting funds online for the supposed charity, according to a press release.

The state investigated a complaint about the organization and it turns out neither the individual nor Nationwide Soldier Support are registered as a charitable organization or professional fundraiser.

Camacho responded to an initial phone call from investigators, promising to provide information about the solicitations in North Dakota, but then ignored investigators’ follow up phone calls and letters.

“Running a fake charity and preying on the generosity of North Dakotans is bad enough, but running a fake charity pretending to provide support for our soldiers stationed overseas while only lining their own pockets, is disgraceful,” said Attorney General Stenehjem.

Stenehjem is exactly right. But can’t we do more than ban the “charity” from operating in the state? Bottom-feeders such as Camacho and her ilk need to be taught a lesson. They need some time behind bars.

It would be interesting to know how many people were suspicious and reported Nationwide Soldier Support. It is a sad fact that we all get scam phone calls and texts that are obviously frauds, but do we bother to report them?

Well, at least one person in North Dakota thought it worth their time to inquire about Nationwide Soldier Support, and now we all know not to fall for their scam. It appears there is a lesson here for us as well.

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