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Original post made by Charitable Victim, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2014

Two local incidents in one day. The disappointing one that really takes gall is taking donations of Disabled Vets. My 3 bags for DAV were in my driveway close to the curb. Missed the day before, I had called, they took my address description of donation placement. I brought in & put out next morning, making sure my pink Disabled American Vet emblem was facing the street. I checked about every 40 mins, while in and out talking with neighbors. Knock on door, I assumed it was receipt. No, nice DMV man just checking where the donations were? Neighbor said another truck had picked up 30 min earlier. Earlier truck was a neighboring 'Salvation' corp. Poor DAV had wasted gas money, since the scammers made ofF with unknown donations. How sick! I'm sure they were disappointed. Could cool donations.
So my warning is to all neighborhoods, especially along Valley, Stanley, Santa Rita, Amador, etc. The business park in the Valley Ave and Serpentine area has a new tenant that use to be in Fremont. Apparently, just a couple guys salvaging and selling. So all charities need to beware of any salvagers scooping donations. How will charities protect themselves?
Then, almost ready to pay my annual Tri-Valley Times subscription, an email coincidently came in from them, warning me to make sure of any payments, there are four different names, which they listed, that are scammers, trying to redirect payments. Unbelievable!
Simply paying a subscription or donating used things to charities are no longer as simple as one might expect in days gone by.
Is there any integrity or decency left?? I really need to see some signs. It seems to be something from the past....like this isn't really America any more.

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