October 21, 2020

Police say beware, scammers try to profit from ‘donations’ after officer’s murder

Scammers apparently are trying to play off Mississippians’ generous spirit in the wake of the murder of a Biloxi Police Department officer.

The Gulfport Police, the neighboring agency that is leading the investigation into officer Robert McKeithen’s murder, reported on social media that scammers are calling people seeking donations to a phony cause.

“Sadly, last night’s murder of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen has brought out scammers who are taking advantage of a horrible event,” Gulfport Police posted on social media. “There are already people using this to call citizens to collect donations for their “Benevolent Police Association.” DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY OR YOUR INFORMATION.

“If you would like to make a donation to the Biloxi Police Department, please contact them directly at 228-392-0641.”

The only known, legitimate donation account set up the fallen officer is through Southern Coastal Credit Union. You can call them at 228-432-0284 or go by their office at 1042 E. Howard Avenue, Biloxi.