Contact: Carolyn Gonzales 277-5920


May 14, 2010

Fraudulent Fundraising Scheme Uses UNM Communication & Journalism as ‘Cause’

John Oetzel, chair, University of New Mexico Department of Communication & Journalism reports that individuals and couples have been going door-to-door fraudulently requesting donations on behalf of C&J for student trips to London or Europe. Oetzel said that people in Albuquerque and Farmington have been approached using this scheme.

"The University does not solicit door-to-door. When we request community support, we do so through the development officer or chair of the department, both of whom can provide identification," Oetzel said.

If approached, do not give these solicitors any money and contact local authorities.


The University of New Mexico is the state's largest university, serving more than 32,000 students. UNM is home to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy and architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that benefits the state and the nation.