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Tulsa woman says scammer using identity to solicit donations

Posted: 7:00 PM, Nov 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-11 01:43:49Z

TULSA -- A Tulsa woman said someone is using her identity to solicit donations.

Jennifer Sollars-Miller is the co-founder of the Autism Center of Tulsa. 

Lately, she said family members and family friends said they have been getting phone calls from someone named "Jennifer Miller." That person said they are collecting money for Autism. 

At first, she said she brushed it off because the name is common. Then, it kept happening.

"I know people who know my mother-in-law have been called," Miller said. "I know my sister's family has been called. Mainly people who were older." 

Family members said the person on the phone even sounded like her. 

Skeptical, one of the real Jennifer Miller's relatives asked the person on the other end of the phone to send him a letter with information about the organization. 

The letter may look legitimate to someone unfamiliar with non-profit organizations, but Miller said it is missing key information. 

"It doesn't have a tax ID number on it," she said. "If you go to their domain, there is no information about it and they don't have anyone's name on it." 

Miller started doing some research online. She found pages of complaints from people saying they got calls from this person too. One of the people described the person on the other end of the line as a "haughty arrogant witch." 

One of the most disturbing parts to Miller is that she feels like the scammer did some research on her. 

"Someone from church went up to my mother-in-law and said 'I got a call from your daughter-in-law' and I was like 'What! Church?' It's really odd," she said.

Miller does not know if anyone fell for it and donated money, but she sure hopes not. 

She wants the person behind the scam to think about what they are doing.

"It may be a family who doesn't have much money and they really feel the need to give to a certain cause and they are taking that away from them," Miller said. 

Miller said she called the police and they told her this happens all of the time. They went on to tell her that it is almost impossible to track down who is behind it. 

 

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