Office of the Attorney General
Stumbo Cautions Consumers To Beware Of Fraudulant Solicitation Calls To Hospice Patients And Their Families Seeking Donations

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo alerted consumers to beware of telephone solicitation calls being made to Hospice patients and their families seeking donations.

Unscrupulous individuals have been calling unsuspecting Hospice patients and their family members to solicit contributions and exploiting them when they are most vulnerable.  The fraudulent solicitors are not affiliated with Hospice.

“If the solicitor claims to be raising funds on behalf of a local charity, contact the charity yourself to verify that it is conducting a fundraising event,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “It is not uncommon for fraudulent solicitors to falsely associate themselves with local charities just to collect money and leave town.”

The Office of Consumer Protection encourages consumers to look for charitable solicitations sending messages or "red flags" which might lead a person to question whether this is an organization worthy of support or even whether it really is a charity:

  • Did the organization refuse to send you written material or financial information?
  • Did the person soliciting offer to send a courier to collect your contribution?
  • Did the charity send you an invoice or statement which indicates a payment due for a contribution you never pledged?
  • Does the organization's name and logo closely resemble another charity with a similar charitable purpose?

Ralph Allen, Director of Planned Giving, Hospice Foundation of Louisville said, “Since our patients are terminally ill, they and their families are already experiencing tremendous stress and grief.  Hospice does not use high pressure tactics or phone bank type solicitations for donations in support of our mission to serve terminally ill patients, regardless of their ability to pay.  We never solicit patients.”

For more information relating to charitable giving, contact the Office of Consumer Protection at 1-800-388-2222 or www.ag.ky.gov/consumer/charity