Phone scam lures in donations

March 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Oakland Police Department is alerting residents of a scam in which a caller claims to represent the Oakland Police Officer's Association and asks for money to benefit the families of the four officers killed March 21.

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Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said tonight there have been at least two reports of a caller attempting to solicit money to benefit families of the fallen officers.

"It's a scam," Thomason said, adding that the Oakland Police Department and Oakland Police Officer's Association do not make phone calls to solicit money.

Anyone who receives such a phone call is ask to call Oakland police at (510) 777-3333.

To make legitimate donations to the families of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, and Officer John Hege, 41, visit www.opoa.org or follow the information below.

Trust funds have been established for the officers shot to death on March 21, 2009, in Oakland. People who wish to make contributions to the funds have two options:

1. Individual Checks made out to families and mailed to c/o OPOA:
Attn: Rennee Hassna
555 5th Street
Oakland Ca, 94607

Checks should be made out to the following:
a. Dunakin Children's Family Trust
b. Romans Children's Family Trust
c. Sakai Family Trust

2. Wire transfers directly to Merrill Lynch Accounts:
a. Dunakin Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04065
b. Romans Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04066
c. Sakai Family Trust a/c #204-04064

John Hege's wishes include donations to any of the following beneficiaries:

  • Oakland Police Emergency Net (OPEN)
    555 5th Street
    Oakland, CA 94607
    Attn: Renee Hassna (please put John Hege's name in the memo)

  • Piedmont Council Inc.
    Boy Scouts of America
    10 Highland Way
    Piedmont, CA 94611

  • Orme School of Arizona
    HC63 Box 3040
    Mayer, AZ 86333

  • or any other donation in John's name.
  • ABC7 contributed to this report

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