SCAM ALERT: Fake debt collectors and company confusion

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South Bend, Ind.-- Fake Debt Collectors
Scammers are usually trying to con people out of money using a national organization, not this time. This time, they are claiming they are with a business located in Nappanee.

Schmucker LP Gas got a disturbing call from one of its customers. That customer says they got two calls from someone saying they are trying to collect $89 from them. That caller is saying he is from Schmucker LP Gas.

They also said if a credit card was available, the information they need could be taken from that and the problem could be solved over the phone.

Well, the customer knew better so they hung up. It didn't stop there. The scammer then called back saying this is very serious and that customer needed to pay right now. Again, the customer didn't buy it.

If this happens to you, what do you do? Dreama Jensen with the Better Business Bureau says…

If you get a threatening debt collection call by phone make sure you report them to the Attorney General’s office for fraud. That number is 1800-382-5516. You also want to contact the BBB at 574-675-9351.

Company Confusion
Do you know the difference between the Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Support Foundation? If you don’t, you are not the only one.
Jensen says people are getting confused and then giving money to the wrong organization.

She says the Center for Hospice Care is headquartered in South Bend. They serve eight area counties. She says they conduct two mail campaigns annually asking for money that helps them with their service. None of this is done by phone.

Jensen also added that the Center for Hospice Care has an A+ rating with the BBB.

Then, she talked about the Hospice Support Foundation. She says it is based in Virginia and has no affiliation to the Center for Hospice Care, here. It solicits by direct mail and requests for money may appear to be local as they break down and name each area being solicited.

Jensen says money collected for this fund supports only New Hope Foundation, a foundation she says chooses to not disclose any financial information to the BBB and has no BBB rating.

Ultimately, you decide where you want your money to go, Jensen just wants you to be informed.