Police advise the public to double check canvasser is legitimate.

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The Regina Police Service is reminding the public that although recent scam attempts have been reported, not all persons seeking charitable donations on the doorstep are attempting a fraud.

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“There are currently many legitimate ongoing efforts to raise money for worthy causes which include door-to-door canvassing,” adds a police news release issued this week.

Recently police issued a warning about an attempted scam in the Glencairn neighbourhood. Around 8 p.m. on Nov. 4, a female canvasser claiming to be from a known goodwill organization stated it was only accepting credit card donations due to COVID-19, referenced neighbours in the area, and made convincing claims about the legitimacy and importance of the organization’s mandates. When the resident agreed to donate and share a credit card number, another person at the residence intervened, and the canvasser left.

A check of the organization’s website confirmed it does not canvas for door-to-door donations.

The RPS reminds the public the onus is on the person seeking contributions to provide credentials that prove legitimacy. Only once…

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