(CBS DETROIT) – Roseville police is warning the public of a possible charity scam.

Three incidents have taken place over the past few weeks with businesses on Gratiot Avenue between 12 Mile and Common Roads.

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Police say an individual is soliciting donations as “Detroit Reads Kids” charity and is said to be a black man approximately 60-years-old with a thin build.

It’s reported the individual enters businesses and asks for a manager by name. He then proceeds to tell the manager that a donation has been approved by another manager, who is not at the location. He also shows literature indicating that other businesses have made donations, according to police.

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The man presents himself in a professional manner during the interactions and police say during one incident a $40 donation was made and the individual provided a receipt to the business. It was later discovered that there had been no donation approved by the manager who was not at the location.

Police have released a YouTube video with the individual.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Dzierzawski at 586-447-4492.

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