Minnehaha Academy Warns of Scammer Trying to Solicit Donations at Fair

August 28, 2017 01:06 PM

The president of Minnehaha Academy is warning those interested in offering assistance following the deadly gas explosion at the school earlier this month to be aware of potential scammers.

In a Facebook post Monday morning, the school said it has been alerted that there was a person soliciting gifts in the name of Minnehaha Academy near the entrance to the Minnesota State Fair. The person reportedly had a laminated sign with the Minnehaha Academy name and logo.

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But Harris said the school does not have anyone out in the community, including at the State Fair, soliciting donations.

"Unfortunately, this sounds like a person who's taken our tragedy, and our name, and is trying to take money dishonestly," Minnehaha President Donna Harris said.

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As of now, Harris said the report from the State Fair is the first the school has heard of potential scammers. But she said people should be aware the school does not raise money through solicitations at events or locations out in the community.

"Absolutely not," she said. "That is not our protocol."

Harris said those wishing to make a secure donation can do so on the school's website.

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