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Imposter posing as CSMA fundraiser

Call for fundraising dollars fraudulent, officials with music school say

The Community School of Music and Arts is warning locals to be aware that an imposter, falsely identifying himself (or herself) as a CSMA fundraiser, has been calling and asking for donations.

"We knew right away that it was bogus," said CSMA spokesman John Williams. To Williams' knowledge no one has lost any money as a result of the fraud. Still, the school wanted to make sure the community knows about it. A warning has been prominently posted on the front page of CSMA's website, and local media outlets have been advised.

The woman who alerted the CSMA of the scam said she had received a phone call earlier in the week from someone asking for a donation. "She was suspicious enough not be taken by it," Williams said. She declined to give the caller any information over the phone and called the Mountain View-based music and arts school to ask whether the pledge drive was legitimate.

Upon investigating the fraud, Williams said, the officials from the school discovered that other community members had been called, but none had actually given money. Because the people contacted were not affiliated with the school in any way, Williams said there is no reason to suspect that the CSMA's database has been hacked.

According to Williams, the CSMA's investigation turned up a phone number in connection with the fraudulent calls -- 949-313-3622. Williams said that anyone who receives a call from that number ought to be suspicious.

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Imposter posing as CSMA fundraiser

Call for fundraising dollars fraudulent, officials with music school say

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Aug 24, 2012, 3:31 pm
Updated: Mon, Aug 27, 2012, 10:20 am

The Community School of Music and Arts is warning locals to be aware that an imposter, falsely identifying himself (or herself) as a CSMA fundraiser, has been calling and asking for donations.

"We knew right away that it was bogus," said CSMA spokesman John Williams. To Williams' knowledge no one has lost any money as a result of the fraud. Still, the school wanted to make sure the community knows about it. A warning has been prominently posted on the front page of CSMA's website, and local media outlets have been advised.

The woman who alerted the CSMA of the scam said she had received a phone call earlier in the week from someone asking for a donation. "She was suspicious enough not be taken by it," Williams said. She declined to give the caller any information over the phone and called the Mountain View-based music and arts school to ask whether the pledge drive was legitimate.

Upon investigating the fraud, Williams said, the officials from the school discovered that other community members had been called, but none had actually given money. Because the people contacted were not affiliated with the school in any way, Williams said there is no reason to suspect that the CSMA's database has been hacked.

According to Williams, the CSMA's investigation turned up a phone number in connection with the fraudulent calls -- 949-313-3622. Williams said that anyone who receives a call from that number ought to be suspicious.

Comments

Susan
Castro City
on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Susan, Castro City
on Aug 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm
3 people like this

Whoever did this will go to karmic H***!!! CSMA is so vital to the schools and the community that it is good to have all of us on alert for this creep!


JJ
another community
on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:17 am
JJ, another community
on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:17 am
3 people like this

CSMA, have you reported this to the phone company? What they are doing is illegal. I'm in San Jose, and just today got a call from that number. 11/29


Donna
another community
on Jan 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Donna, another community
on Jan 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm
3 people like this

I just received a call from this number today. Because of this article I had written down the number and didn't answer. Thank you.


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on May 30, 2017 at 4:40 am

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