WEYMOUTH — Phone calls soliciting money for a fundraiser for fallen Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna might be a scam, police said.
Weymouth police said they have received several reports of phone calls attempting to collect money from residents.
The official fund supporting the Chesna family was established at Equitable Bank, police said. Anyone wishing to help the Chesna family can make a donation to the "Officer Michael Chesna Family Fund."
Donations can also be mailed or dropped off at the Weymouth Police Department, 140 Winter St.
Legitimate fundraisers have already taken in thousands for the Chesna family in the two days since he was shot to death in the line of duty.
A similar charity phone scam popped up in April following the killing of Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon.
Scams like these are common following public tragedies, according to the Better Business Bureau.
"After a terrible and very public tragedy such as an accident, natural disaster, or a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims. Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors," the agency said in a statement.
To avoid falling victim to a charity scam, the Better Business Bureau recommends asking questions about the organization collecting the money and how it will be dispersed.
Chesna died at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning after he was shot multiple times with his own gun after he was assaulted by the suspect.
Chesna, a father of two and a six-year veteran of the force, was responding to a report of an erratic driver, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said.
Chesna found Emanuel Lopes, 20, vandalizing a house when he arrived, Morrissey said. Lopes hit Chesna in the head with a rock, causing Chesna to fall to the ground, police said. Lopes grabbed Chesna’s gun and fired shots into his head and chest, police said.
A bystander, Vera Adams, 77, was also killed after Lopes shot her in her Torrey Street home, police said.
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This is scanner communication from Sunday, July 15, 2018 between 7:32 a.m. and 7:59 a.m. It combines both Weymouth police and fire department transmissions and may not be comprehensive.
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