Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Blast Cookie Fraud Allegations – NBC New York
Police are investigating nearly a dozen cases of residents not receiving the Girl Scout cookies they ordered in at least seven Long Island communities this month, authorities say.
So far, Suffolk County Police say they have received 11 reports of cookie fraud from residents of Lake Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Shirley, North Patchogue, East Patchogue, Mastic and St. James. All of the victims said they gave money for Girl Scout cookies that were never delivered. All made the transactions between June 18 and 20.
In some cases, the police say the money was given to a man accompanied by a girl. In others, only the female child was present. More than half of the 11 reports made were for documentation purposes only, police said.
They’re trying to find out if the cases are related. Anyone with information is asked to call 631-852-COPS.
The Girl Scout Council of Suffolk County released a statement saying it is working with law enforcement and encouraging anyone who feels victimized to reach out. It will provide cookies to those who placed fake orders, he said.
“The Girl Scout Council of Suffolk County was saddened to learn that someone would use the inherent goodwill of Girl Scouts to take money from their neighbors under false pretences,” the group said in a statement. period of time each year. As a rule, it starts just before the New Year and ends at the end of April or the beginning of May. Anyone selling cookies at this point in the year does not represent our council and its efforts.”
“In addition, during our sale, the girls will either have a sales stand where the cookies are available on site, or an order form with the information to be taken,” the statement continued. “They won’t ask for the funds in advance. Anyone who records a sale in a makeshift book and takes the money does not accurately represent the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.”