Evanston police are warning residents of a scam in which youths go door-to-doors claiming to be collecting donations for a memorial basketball tournament to be held at the Robert Crown Center in remembrance of an Evanston Township High School student who was shot and killed.

The persons collecting the donations reportedly carry a laminated photo of a student who was killed as well as information on the supposed tournament.

But police say no such tournament is is planned. One resident told police the photo displayed was that of a person killed in Chicago last year.

Police are advising residents to only make donations to a trusted source and ask anyone who encounters a suspicious request for a donation to call the police department at 847-866-5000. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. This scam has been going on

    This scam has been going on in Evanston for at least 5 years. Five years ago I got hit for $20. I realized it was a scam when I called the funeral home the scammer mentioned and was told it was a fake. Two days later I saw the same kid at another store. I called the police. Less than a minute later, the scammer got a phone call and ran away. I figured that he had a partner that was monitoring the police band. I know a few other people that got hit.

    That was a total of 5 times at 4 stores for a span of five years. The last time was summer of 2014.

    Watch out.

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