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"Wounded Warriors" door-to-door scam

The chance to help Wounded Warriors can lead people to open their hearts, and their wallets.
    
The Okaloosa Sheriff's office says some con artists are taking advantage of that generosity.
    
Laura Hussey "This is Walker Drive in Crestview, the neighborhood is just south of I-10. Tuesday morning, a couple of people called the Sheriff's Office to report solicitors who made them suspicious"
    
Calls came in from Whitewater Lane as well.
That's where a woman named Donna was approached in her driveway.

Donna "He was in a Wounded Warrior T-shirt, with a brace on his arm, and a mesh bag hanging on his belt that he was putting the money in"
    
People who called the sheriff's office all described a T-shirt from the Wounded Warrior project.
    
We found this one online for $27.99.
Donna gave the man a couple of bucks to get rid of him.

Donna "I mean he wasn't clean shaven or clean cut, he was kind of rough looking, as far as his beard and his hair like, really wasn't kept up much"
    
A woman who didn't want to be identified says the man was a smooth talker, and the subject matter hit home.

Resident "My husband's prior military, we have friends that are prior military. My husband himself has been injured, we have quite a few friends that have been injured"    
    
The man she describes was wearing a VA Disability badge as well as a Wounded Warrior shirt, but she became suspicious when he wouldn't take a check.
    
The sheriff's office checked with the Wounded Warrior project.
They say they do not conduct door-to-door solicitations

Resident "I'm heartbroken that somebody would do it. I mean, it's sad"
Laura Hussey "If you ever have questions about someone at your door, remember almost any legitimate charity has lots of other ways you can give."