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Hawaii Meth Project Warns of Scam

The Hawaii Meth Project is a program designed to use public service messaging (PSAs), community information and outreach, and public policy to lower methamphetamine use in Hawaii. The website is focused on providing timely and useful information to teens about the dangers of meth. According to their website, the Hawaii Meth Project has been credited with “significant declines” in meth use.

Unfortunately, the AP reports that teens have been using the Meth Project as a way to defraud residents in Maui. The scam is straightforward. A young person, supposedly soliciting funds for this very real, and very effective program, solicits a donations. However, the cash donations requested (sometimes for the Baldwin High School meth project) are not authorized by the organization cited. It is unknown who the impersonators are or what they do with the money. According to Meth Project officials, the organization does not go door-to-door asking for donations.

Police are requesting that any residents approached for donations contact them. Someone misrepresenting themselves in this manner is guilty of a crime.

It’s a shame to see scams like this in play. A very useful charity is blemished by unscrupulous people looking to make a few bucks by exploiting the kindness of others.

In general, people wishing to contribute to charities should avoid cash donations, especially if they are requested in person. Non-profits, including the Meth Project, prefer checks or money orders instead of cash, and all legitimate charities will offer to provide a receipt on request.

Residents who would like to help this worthy cause will find many opportunities to do so. They seek sponsors for fund raising events, speakers willing to share their experience with meth addiction and volunteers are always welcome. Information can be found at their website (link above).

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