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Be wary of groups seeking donations for fallen officers, BBB warns

The Better Business Bureau wants to remind consumers to beware of fraudulent charities seeking money in the name of fallen police officers of Lakewood, Washington.

Violent crimes committed against law enforcement often trigger donation appeals for victims and their families, the bureau says.

To contribute to the victims' families in this tragedy, Lakewood Police Department asks donors to make donations to Lakewood Police Independent Guild: LPIG Benevolent Fund, PO Box 99579, Lakewood, WA 98499.

For more information, and to donate, donors also can visit

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