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Alleged Scam Artist Better Hope the Next Door He Knocks on Doesn’t Belong to a Veteran

"Please be advised that these claims are fraudulent."

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An alleged scam artist is making calls and going door to door in Massachusetts asking residents for donations, but there's one group of people he's likely hoping to avoid.

Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert said a clean-cut, well-dressed man was going from house to house telling residents that he was selling $40 "2015 Homecoming" tickets for Operation Military Pax to provide meals for veterans.

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The man said he was affiliated with Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, but Lt. Col. James Bishop told WWLP-TV that, as a federal institution, Westover isn't even permitted to go door to door.

“I want to be clear that anyone soliciting door to door is not connected with Westover. It would actually be illegal for us – the same reason we don’t charge for the air show,” Bishop said.

The Massachusetts State Police took to its Facebook page Thursday to warn of a different scam in which someone is claiming to be raising money for drug prevention programs.

SCAM WARNINGThere is a scam currently going on in which telephone callers are claiming to be members of the State...

Posted by Massachusetts State Police on Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Please be advised that these claims are fraudulent. The State Police are not conducting any fundraisers and do not conduct phone solicitations for anything," the post read.

It's not clear whether the two scams are related and the Massachusetts State Police did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze.

(H/T: WWLP-TV)

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