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SDYS has been made aware of an unknown person or persons who are assuming the identity of SDYS staff and/or board members and contacting non-profit music education groups, mostly in Africa, with offers of free musical instruments if they pay the shipping costs. This is a SCAM and is only an attempt to take your money. SDYS only works in Southern California and does not provide free instruments to anyone beyond our area. If you are contacted by anyone posing as an SDYS staff or board member with an offer of this kind, do NOT give them any money and immediately report it to the FBI’s cyber-crime division at or to the cyber-crime division in the country where the crime occurred. A few well-meaning organizations have already become victims – please do not become another one.

San Diego Youth Symphony