The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received reports from a number of citizens who received calls soliciting donations to support “AMBER Alerts.” In part of the solicitation, the callers report the money being raised goes to support the AMBER Alert program, including that 30% of the funds are for overhead costs associated with the program. At least one solicitation indicated they were calling on behalf of WSP. This information is inaccurate; WSP does not rely on public donations for the administration of the AMBER Alert system.
These calls appear to be a scam. WSP oversees the AMBER Alert system in Washington State. Most local agencies across the state have their own approved plans, which are implemented when a child is abducted or goes missing under suspicious circumstances.