Area crimewatch groups have reported that solicitors going door-to-door in Lakewood and the Park Cities claiming to be raising money for an SMU baseball trip are scammers.

Warns one notice from a Richardson police department officer, “The solicitors may mention that a portion of the proceeds will support the SMU trip to Hawaii in May for a baseball tournament. According to SMU PD, these solicitors are not affiliated with or sponsored by SMU in any way, shape, or form. While SMU does have a baseball team, they are not out soliciting funds. This is a scam.”

In the Lake Highlands part of town that borders on Richardson, I have encountered a version of this. At the Gatti’s Pizza parking lot near LBJ and Skillman, a young guy asked me to donate cash to his Carter High School basketball team for a summer trip. I wondered why a Carter kid was in Lake Highlands, but didn’t get into it with him.

The SMU baseball trip solicitors have been reported in Preston Hollow and North Dallas neighborhoods too, according to the notice.

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