Police advise the public to double check canvasser is legitimate.
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.
“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…