Weber County police warn residents about ‘Something for Soldiers’ scam

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WEST HAVEN, Utah — Police in Weber County are warning citizens about a possible scam involving door-to-door solicitors for a group calling themselves, “Something for Soldiers.”

According to the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, a citizen in West Haven City called police after a man came to her door and asked for donations but was “pushy and demanding” and “could only take cash.”

The woman took a picture of the man before he left and searched online for information about the group he represented. She learned several members of the group had been arrested and charged in other states for operating a scam.

Police believe the man who interacted with the woman is Cameron Laird, who they list as one of the main perpetrators. There were three other men in the area trying to collect money in the same manner. Weber County Sheriff’s Office included a photo of an article from the Bronwfield Online, which indicated Laird was among nine who were charged in a suspected soliciting scam in Texas.

The sheriff’s office concluded with this warning: “Citizens should be suspicious and weary of anyone who comes to their home asking for money. Established, reputable charities do not operate in this manner. If someone comes to your door and you suspect they are not legitimate, you are urged to immediately contact local law enforcement. The number for the Weber Consolidated Dispatch Center is (801)629-8221.”