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York Co. Sheriff’s Office: ‘Devious phone scammers’ seek donations for officers

The York County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to watch out for “devious phone scammers” pretending to solicit donations for the officers shot and injured responding to a Jan. 16 domestic violence call.

The phone scammers are posing as the York County Sheriff’s Office and the York Police Department, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Sadly, in the face of tragedy, dishonorable and devious scammers are attempting to take advantage of our citizen’s generosity,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

Four officers were shot in the overnight manhunt, and one, Det. Mike Doty, 37, later died.

There are only three verified methods to support the inured officers, the sheriff’s office said: a gofundme account, donating online or in person to The Sheriff’s Foundation of York County Inc, and dropping off donations at the South State Bank in York.

Do not send money over the phone, the sheriff’s office warns. Police agencies would never solicit money over the phone, the statement says.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068

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