Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Drug Agency Warns Public To Say No To Scam

June 13, 2008

Costa Rica’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute (IAFA) is warning people not to fall for scam artists asking for money in the organization’s name.

“IAFA is alerting the population about some people or organizations, without scruples and with bad intentions, that are abusing the good will of the people to solicit money, conduct raffles and sell things in our name,” a press release states.

Marlin Villalobos, secretary to IAFA Director Giselle Amador, said there have been at least two cases in which people have gone door-to-door illegitimately asking for donations.

IAFA is funded by the government with assets seized from drug dealers and money launderers, and does not conduct private fundraising operations. Its mission is to develop and coordinate drug prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Officials recommend people file police reports if they’ve already been victimized by fake IAFA con artists. Call IAFA at 2224-6122 for more information.

–Nick Wilkinson

 

You may be interested

‘Hasta siempre, doctor Solís’: Costa Rica mourns doctor’s death
Costa Rica
15694 views
Costa Rica
15694 views

‘Hasta siempre, doctor Solís’: Costa Rica mourns doctor’s death

The Tico Times - October 23, 2020

Jaime Solís, a 54-year-old doctor who worked for the Costa Rican Social Security System, is among the more than 1,200…

Covid-19: Europe surges again this week
Latin America
1460 views
Latin America
1460 views

Covid-19: Europe surges again this week

AFP - October 23, 2020

The number of people infected by the novel coronavirus continued to surge in Europe over the past week, while also…

Costa Rica eases entry requirements as high season approaches
Costa Rica
2168 views
Costa Rica
2168 views

Costa Rica eases entry requirements as high season approaches

AFP and The Tico Times - October 23, 2020

With a view to boost the economy as the high season approaches, Costa Rica eliminated the requirement of a negative…