Trumbull police warn of bogus church solicitors

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Trumbull Police headquarters

Trumbull Police headquarters

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TRUMBULL — Police are warning residents against a group of young people who are fraudulently claiming to be soliciting money for St. Catherine of Siena Parish.

Friday afternoon, the Trumbull Police Department posted on its social media accounts that officers had been aware of people going door-to-door soliciting for St. Catherine. The statement said an investigation had confirmed that the solicitors aren’t affiliated with the church.

“Solicitors from religious faiths do not require a Solicitation Permit in the Town of Trumbull,” the social media post said. “However, should you feel uncomfortable making a donation, or any suspicious activity please do not donate.”

St. Catherine confirmed the hoax in a post on its own Facebook page on Thursday night.

“We’re receiving word tonight that there’s a group of young people knocking on doors in Trumbull neighborhoods falsely soliciting support for a trip to the holy land from St. Catherine’s Church,” the post read. “Please understand that this is not any group from St Catherine of Siena Church Trumbull. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY.”

When contacted Friday, public information officer Lt. Brian Weir said the department received a complaint about the solicitations on Friday, from someone who heard about the incidents through social media.

“This is the first Trumbull PD has been made (aware) of this, so only one police report (was) taken,” Weir said in an email

The Trumbull police said that, if someone is approached by a questionable person or solicitors, they should contact the Trumbull Police Department at 203-261-3665.