Breast Cancer Charity Scam
“I thought it was from the Susan Komen Foundation- it was for Breast Cancer Research," said Mary Bennett of Earleton, showing TV20 the envelope she pulled out of her mailbox on Thursday.
“It makes me angry that people have given hard earned money to this charity," she said.
The National Breast Cancer Research Center, a project of Walker Cancer Research Institute is asking Bennett to donate in their annual fund drive, but the Washington address on the reply form doesn't exist, and the PO BOX Bennett would send her donation to is in Topeka, Kansas.
The charity's website gives just where you can find Florida Division Director Elsa Pilarinou: at a lab in Tallahassee.
TV20 found the phone number and left a message.
According to the fine print on the back of the reply form, only 4.52 percent of donations goes to research.
The charity is a legal, non profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, operating since 1981, according to the Better Business Bureau, which also warns of the organization's intentional lack of transparency.
“It is a real shame, and I think there has to be a way that this can be stopped," said Bennett.
- Breast Cancer Prevention
- Your Health: Treating Breast Cancer With New Technology
- Marion County Officers Support Breast Cancer
- "Bulls For Boobs" Rodeo for Breast Cancer
- Hairstylist Shaves Head to Support Friend With Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer Screening Controversy
- "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" Kicks Off
- Medical Spotlight: Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer
- Your Health: Beating Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Doctors Say Mammograms Still the Best Method for Early Detection