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June 3, 2014

Troopers: Beware of donation scam

In the wake of Troop C officer Christopher G. Skinner’s line-of-duty death, state police made an online announcement Saturday warning the public of fraudulent donation sites.

The public should be wary of any potential fraudulent accounts that may be created on the internet requesting donations for Skinner’s family, the release said. 

According to the release, the Skinner family wants the public to know that they are only endorsing two donation funds at this time.

These funds are the “Skinner Children Ed Fund,” an education fund for Skinner’s two children through Visions Federal Credit Union, and the online “Signal 30 Fund,” an organization that helps families of state police, the release said.

To donate to the first fund, visit any Visions Federal Credit Union. To donate to the Signal 30 Fund, visit

The Skinner family wants to thank everyone wanting to help them, according to the release.

Calling hours for Skinner were held Monday at the Community Baptist Church on Chenango Street in Port Dickinson, according to a separate state police release.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church on Reynolds Road in Johnson City. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed flags to be lowered to half-staff today on all state government buildings in Skinner’s honor. 

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