for immediate release
October 4, 2002

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is warning area residents of an apparent fund-raising scam being perpetrated in the area of Jack Nicklaus Way in Shalimar. A local woman reported that a young boy, approximately 7-years old, came to her home yesterday afternoon (Thursday) at approximately 4:30 soliciting money for the Ocean City Wright Elementary Walk-A-Thon. The child was accompanied by a white female who stayed at the end of the driveway. The child asked for cash donations only. A check with Ocean City Wright Elementary officials has confirmed that the school is not currently conducting any form of fund-raising.

The young boy was described as stalky and was carrying a manilla envelope with what looked like a homemade grid sheet. Anybody with information about this scam artist should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (850-863-8477).

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for more information contact Nicole Wagner, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

(850) 609-3028

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