The Burn Institute issued a statement warning the public against unauthorized phone solicitors falsely claiming to be raising
money for burn-injured children.
These telemarketers are not affiliated with the Burn Institute or any other locally authorized burn support organization, according to the group's statement.
"These are scams as well," she said. "We never solicit donations over the telephone."
Anyone who receives such a call was encouraged to hang up and immediately report the request to the Burn Institute at (858) 541-2277.