COC Warning Residents About Recurring Scam
Door-to-door solicitors NOT
College of the Canyons students.
College of the Canyons officials have received notice from local residents that
door-to-door solicitors, representing themselves as COC students, have been
attempting to fraudulently solicit donations in support of a non-existent
According to one resident’s report, last week two young men were seen and heard
going door to door in the Valencia Northbridge neighborhood identifying
themselves as “poor COC students,” before asking residents to subscribe to a
“new COC Sunday newspaper.”
The solicitors claimed that the proceeds would go toward helping students
purchase new books and school supplies.
COC officials want community members to know that College of the Canyons never
raises funds through door-to-door sales or solicitation.
“Somebody is trying to take advantage of the good reputation the college has
built, and that’s something we can’t accept,” said John McElwain, COC managing
director of public relations and marketing. “These people are not agents of the
college in any way. This is not the way the college raises funds on any level.”
"This is the second consecutive year that we have received reports of
door-to-door solicitations,” said McElwain, “and residents need to know that
these activities are not college sponsored.”
Residents who have, or may, come into contact with these solicitors are asked
to contact the SCV Sheriff’s Office and file a report on the incident.