Bean's Cafe warns of raffle ticket scam: 'That's not us'

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Non-profits in Anchorage and Mat-Su say someone is using their names to sell fake raffle tickets.

Bean’s Café warned Anchorage residents that a man has been going door-to-door peddling $5 tickets, falsely claiming the proceeds would be used to help the downtown soup kitchen and other charities.

Wasilla-based Alaska Dream Center, which helps people overcome addiction, was also a victim in the apparent fraud and has reported the case to Anchorage police.

“We don’t know how long its been going on,” said Ross Apangalook, of the recovery center.

The non-profits were warned of the scam after a man entered Digital Blueprint in Midtown at about 9:30 a.m. today. The man claimed to be selling tickets to win a motorcycle as a benefit effort for Bean’s, Alaska Dream Center and another non-profit, according to Digital Blueprint employees.

Employees at the store bought five tickets. They became suspicious when the ticket stubs did not include a permit number or other information required for legitimate fund-raisers.

The person selling the tickets is described as an older white man, in his 60s or 70s, with a clean-shaven face. Bean’s Café said he looked to be about 5-foot, 8-inches to 5-foot, 10-inches tall wearing black winter clothing.

Bean's Deputy Director Kim Kovol said the scam comes at the expense of legitimate non-profit fund-raisers such as the Empty Bowl Project.

“As far as Bean’s Café, Children’s Lunchbox, we never ever send staff, volunteers or clients to raise money on our behalf like this,” Kovol said. “For Empty Bowl, you go online, you purchase the ticket online.”

“They are taking food out of someone else’s mouth when they are doing this, when they are scamming,” she said.

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