NORTH AURORA – Marklund is warning area residents to beware of a scam that involves door-to-door solicitors requesting donations to cover the costs of repairs at its campus.
Marklund is a nonprofit agency serving adults and children with severe developmental disabilities. In a news release, Marklund officials said that people have been targeting North Aurora neighborhoods, saying they were representing Marklund in soliciting donations to help pay for repairs for the facility after being damaged by severe weather.
One resident told Marklund officials that late Tuesday afternoon, a man approximately 70 years old rang her doorbell, even though she is on North Aurora's "No Solicitation" list and has "No Soliciting" signs on her door. The man didn't have any identification around his neck but had a clipboard with a listing of last names of people in the neighborhood.
"He said he was from Marklund, asked me if I ever heard of Marklund, and that he was asking for donations for weather damage to the building from this past winter," the resident told Marklund officials.
The resident did not donate but found out later that a neighbor had.
"We are disappointed to hear the people are using Marklund's name and good reputation for their own benefit," Marklund CEO Gil Fonger said, according to the release. "It's unfortunate because people who do end up giving money to this person or these people believe it is going to help the children and adults with profound disabilities whom we serve, and of course, it's not."