Inter-Faith Ministries warns of possible Operation Holiday scam

11/16/2012 3:39 PM

11/16/2012 3:40 PM

Inter-Faith Ministries is warning of a possible scam artist calling those who may need assistance through Operation Holiday.

Inter-Faith marketing director Sandra Harrison said in an e-mailed press release Friday that at least one person has been contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of Operation Holiday, who offered to take application information over the phone.

Applications are accepted in person only at any of 10 application sites in Wichita, Harrison said. Inter-Faith Ministries warns the calls may be an attempt at identity theft and anyone who receives them should not give out personal information about themselves or family members.

Operation Holiday — overseen by Inter-Faith Ministries — provides help to the needy during the holiday season. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 (or an emancipated 17-year-old with court documents), live in or around Sedgwick County and have not requested assistance through other holiday assistance programs. They must provide ID and birthdates for all household members, proof of address and income and a telephone number where they may be contacted.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 21 at most sites; two are open until Nov. 30.

For a complete list of application sites, go to www.interfaithwichita.org and click on “Operation Holiday” then “applicant information.”

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