By Globe Staff
Wellesley police today warned residents against donating to a group called Bay State Veterans, which police said is believed to be a fraudulent company.
"The Wellesley Police Department has experienced well over fifty phone calls regarding the legitimacy of Bay State Veterans asking local residents for donations," the police department said in an emailed alert.
The solicitors tell residents that the donations go directly to local veterans, and ask that donations be left in an envelope so that a collector can retrieve it, police said.
"Bay State Veterans is believed to be a fraudulent company and the Wellesley Police Department is recommending that you do not donate to this company," the police department said.
"Wellesley Police, with assistance from local Veterans Affairs and the American Legion request that if you would like to donate to your local veterans group, to donate to DAV, (Disabled American Veterans) Chapter 23. Donations can be sent to DAV c/o Frank Campion 76 Prospect St. Wellesley, MA. Mr. Campion is the local board member for DAV."