According to the United Way, a donor received a phone call from the organization's number, 816-364-2381. A voice mail message thanked the donor for his contribution and stated he would be billed through his cell phone provider.
After speaking with the St. Joseph Police Department it was determined the organization's phone number has been involved in a scam.
The United Way wants to remind the community that it does make phone calls to donors but, no personal information, beyond billing or email addresses are requested over the phone. United Way staff may ask for pledges over the phone, but never ask for payment over the phone.
If anyone believes they have been targeted by the scam, they are asked to contact St. Joseph police at 816-271-4777.