The Newport Police Department has received complaints on June 11 of a company calling local businesses and residents claiming to be raising money for the Newport Elementary School.

These calls have been coming from the 214 area code which is in Texas. This company is claiming to be working with school personnel to raise funds for a project. We have been in contact with the Newport School District and they confirm that this is a scam and that they do not solicit for donations via telephone and are not working with any third party to raise funds for the school. If you receive such a phone call, we recommend that you hang up the phone immediately and do not give out any of your personal or financial information. As with all cases of unsolicited telemarketers, we encourage the public to be aware that you can never be sure who you are talking to and whether or not they represent the cause or organization they claim.