Boxing club owner has warning about young scammers

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Posted by Nick Dutton - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – The director of a Toledo club is warning area residents to beware of a group of kids asking for donations this holiday season.

Harry Cummins, the Director of the International Boxing Club, says young crooks are scamming people using his club's name.

"They're all over, not just the City of Toledo but the suburban areas as well," said Cummins. "It's the holidays. People have soft hearts. They're going to give money to these kids. We want them to know it's a big scam."

Cummins has been told these kids make up a big group and can collect up to $500 at a time. And if you dare turn them down, Cummins says the kids have actually hit some people and accosted them.

"They've been rude to people if they don't give them money," said Cummins. "I'm getting calls that you better get your kids out of here or we're calling the police.  I tell them… please call the police."

Additionally, Cummins' worries the young thugs efforts will impact his own fundraising push that will begin Jan. 1.

He wants to expand the learning and vocational centers within the gym and the number of kids and young boxers who can participate in the program to 50 kids.

"It keeps getting bigger and bigger and going on and on," said Cummins. "I'm afraid something terrible is going to happen. It needs to be stopped before something does."

As a result, Cummins says he plans to contact the Ohio Attorney General's office next week regarding the charity scam.

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