The Astoria School District is warning businesses to be on the alert for a scam. A man pretending to be a fundraiser for Astoria High School and Middle School sports programs has been pressuring local businesses to sponsor a local sporting events calendar and to buy advertising space on a poster. One business owner was bilked out of $150.
School district officials said the district has not contracted with any individuals or companies to manufacture calendars. Business owners with questions are encouraged to call the Astoria School District Office at 325-6441, where staff will verify fundraising events.
Astoria Police are investigating. Officers are talking with Eric Alan Lloyd, 42, address unknown, who is in the Yamhill County Jail, facing similar charges in several counties in Oregon and in the state of Washington.
Acting Astoria Police Chief Alan Oja said Lloyd reportedly has an extensive history of soliciting cash donations for local youth sports activities, local clubs and charitable organizations. He took only cash or checks for the donations, wrote a receipt and promised some benefit from the donation, Oja said. Donations ranged from $20 to $200 from businesses and individuals. The requested amounts were kept relatively low to keep anyone from becoming suspicious of his scam, Oja added.
Astoria residents or businesses with information are asked to contact Detective Brian Slotte at 338-6411, ext. 24 or (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Residents or businesses outside Astoria are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.