To ensure public confidence in our organization and its mission, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) established this webpage to help the public report fraudulent activities by people misrepresenting fundraising or outreach efforts through use of the Wounded Warrior Project name. Unfortunately, military families are often a target for fraud in general. To learn more, visit the Federal Trade Commission or Scams That Target Veterans.
WWP is committed to ensuring all donor’s intentions are honored. We take this responsibility seriously. To ensure donor clarity, WWP encourages respect and cooperation among the nonprofit community regarding charity names and identifying trademarks.
If you encounter an alleged WWP representative in ANY of these scenarios, it might be a scammer trying to gain your trust and solicit a fraudulent donation. It is illegal for a person to pose as a WWP representative for the purpose of fraudulently soliciting, collecting, or receiving money. We urge you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify if a fundraising effort is legitimate.
If you suspect fraud, immediately contact your state or local consumer protection office. These agencies have the best available resources to investigate and prosecute these matters. You can contact your state attorney general or Consumer Protection Office online at: usa.gov/directory/stateconsumer/index.shtml
We’d also appreciate a heads-up! Reporting potential fraudulent activity to WWP will allow us to warn other donors, contact us at email@example.com.
Several employment listings on Craigslist have been linked to scams including mail fraud, bank/check fraud and employment fraud. This fraud manifests in one of two ways:
Job seekers respond to postings under various titles including front desk receptionist. They receive a response with an offer for a “different position,” which is a “paid to drive concept” for Wounded Warrior Initiative or Wounded Warrior Concept, “a subsidiary of woundedwarriorproject.org.” Persons who respond to this ad receive a fraudulent cashier’s check via mail in exchange for wrapping their vehicle with the WWP logo. The scammer requests a MoneyGram or gift cards in return for the overpayment or “rental fee” to wrap the vehicle. Authorities investigating this scam, which spans over 15 states, have determined the perpetrators typically go by the names Andy Morgan and Douglas Pierce. The scammers use the names of WWP executive vice president John Roberts with email address firstname.lastname@example.org, and WWP chief development officer Gary Corless as “Director Planning And Research,” with email address email@example.com
The second scam offers job seekers to wrap their vehicles with advertising logos for energy drinks such as Monster, XTC, Zipfizz, Bud-Light Energy Drinks or Samsung. The job seeker/victim receives a fraudulent check with WWP banking information, sent UPS 2nd Day Air from Illinois, usually from “Dave.” The victim is advised to cash the check, keep a portion as their first week pay, and send the remaining balance to a third party (usually by money order) for the cost of the wrap. After the check bounces, the victim is left with a substantial overdraft while the scammers have received money from the victim’s bank.
If you are the victim of these scams, or if you receive a check purporting to be from WWP and you are unsure of its origins, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two men going by the names Timothy Ryan/Ray Walker and Zarek Tucker, operating as partners of “Wounded Warrior Project Tennessee,” are selling T-shirts with the WWP logo on them to military exchanges nationwide, using the name “Freedom Shirts.” WWP has received inquiries from several service members and exchanges in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; San Antonio, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tampa and Pensacola, Florida, and Belleville, Illinois. Walker and Tucker are neither partners of WWP nor authorized or licensed WWP vendors, and their sales do not benefit WWP.
Recently, Walker and Tucker have solicited the “donation” of vacation homes and material goods such as groceries, claiming these generous offerings benefit those assisting warriors on military bases, or warriors directly.
WWP has reported Walker and Tucker to local authorities and exchanges in Pensacola and Knoxville, and the Tennessee state attorney general. As activities span several states, the FBI is now actively investigating the matter.
WWP has been made aware of an individual, occasionally going by the name “Brian Campbell,” operating in and around the Atlanta, Georgia area. This person fraudulently represents themselves as a WWP employee, carrying a clipboard and wearing a suit, tie and badge. This person solicits cash donations in exchange for gift cards to Big Lots or other retailers, providing bogus receipts. As a reminder, WWP fundraising efforts do not include door-to-door solicitation or the promise of gift cards in return for donations. Cobb County law enforcement has been notified of this individual and is currently investigating.
WWP has had several callers report a telephone scam to us. The phone number shows up as (888) 888-3011 on caller ID. Promises of cash prizes and the return number (855) 345-6102 are typically given by “Eric.” Upon calling back either phone number, calls were then routed to Wounded Warrior Project.
This may be what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) refers to as “caller ID spoofing.” The FCC is aware of the problem and is taking steps to identify the perpetrators, and asks anyone who receives these calls to file a complaint with the FCC. You can find out more on caller ID spoofing and file a complaint here: fcc.gov/guides/caller-id-and-spoofing
A three-judge panel has denied an appeal and upheld the original verdict in a battle between two charities that support returning American veterans and were using similar names. Read more.
An individual named Shane Buckley is fraudulently representing himself to be WWP’s “Director of Workforce Development” both in and around Atlanta, Georgia and online via LinkedIn and Facebook. Other veterans organizations have reached out to WWP and advised Mr. Buckley is soliciting their support, leveraging his alleged position with WWP. WWP has also received several calls from financial institutions requesting employment verification, indicating Mr. Buckley fraudulently listed WWP as his employer on applications for financial assistance.
It is a federal crime for a person to pose as a WWP representative for the purpose of fraudulently soliciting, collecting, or receiving money, and this matter is being referred to the appropriate authorities. WWP does not have a Director of Workforce Development position, and Mr. Buckley is not currently nor previously a WWP employee.
If you are contacted by Mr. Buckley or anyone purporting to represent WWP and are unsure if they are a legitimate employee, please contact us at email@example.com.