Smart giving this holiday season

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Tis the season to lend a hand and try to make someone's day, but some people use the season to take advantage of that spirit of giving.

"It happens all the time. In fact, just about everybody gets calls from one of these people," said Andy Fisher with the Shreveport Better Business Bureau.

Most recently, people have gotten calls from a group claiming to represent local law enforcement asking for donations to support the Puppy Patrol.

"They're asking them for money where they can take these canines into local elementary schools and let kids get acquainted with the dogs and learn why not to do drugs," said Erin Habich with the Bossier Sheriff's Department.

However, the Sheriff's department asks you don't give to this group.

"The program does not exist. There is no puppy patrol.," said Habich.

The BBB suggests if you get a call asking for donations, call the group they claim to be back before you give any money to make sure they are who they claim to be.

"If you make the phone call you know who you're talking to, but if you're getting a call from some person, you don't know who you're dealing with," said Fisher.

To check what the BBB says about local charities click here.

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