Scammer pretending to be MCC student

KINGMAN - Mohave Community College is warning of a possible fundraising scam involving the school.

College administrators received information Monday from a Lake Havasu City resident that a man claiming to be an MCC student was knocking on neighborhood doors and asking for money for an overseas trip as part of a college class, said Jackie Leatherman, public information officer for MCC.

"This resident thought something was suspicious and asked the man for his name and a phone number," said Leatherman. "He gave his first name and a number that didn't work.

"She didn't donate, but her husband said he had seen the man knocking on other doors. Hopefully, no one donated to him."

Leatherman said residents and businesses should ignore cash or magazine subscription requests from anyone claiming to be an MCC student. Those activities are not sanctioned by MCC, which prohibits student clubs and organizations from unauthorized fundraising, she said.

Leatherman said the college has filed a report with the Lake Havasu City Police Department.

According to Charlotte Keller, MCC's director of Marketing and Public Information, there have been similar instances of fundraising scams in the past but none for at least five years. No MCC-affiliated clubs travel overseas, said Keller.

For more information or to report a similar incident, call MCC Connect at (866) 664-2832.

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