Con artist capitalizes on tragedy |

Con artist capitalizes on tragedy

Aspen Times Staff Report

A con artist is apparently stooping to new lows by trying to capitalize on last week’s tragedy at Columbine High School, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

In a press release issued Monday, the sheriff’s office warned that a “group claiming to represent all Colorado law enforcement agencies has contacted several people throughout Eagle County asking for $50 donations toward Columbine High School victims.”

The sheriff’s office is unaware of any group collecting donations on its behalf or on the behalf of any law enforcement agency, the press release said.

The group seeking contributions refused to send any information about itself in the mail and declined to provide a call-back telephone number. “When questioned about the support of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the caller hung up,” the sheriff’s office reported.

Any requests for contributions should be treated with suspicion, the sheriff’s office advised.

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