Kelowna Mounties issue warnings about scamming canvassers

The Kelowna RCMP received a report of a suspicious person Sept. 13, at 3:54 p.m., on the 1600 block of Lindsay Drive.

  • Sep. 15, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The Kelowna RCMP are warning the public to be wary about how and where they make their charitable donations after a suspected scammer was found canvassing for money Sunday afternoon.

The Kelowna RCMP received a report of a suspicious person  Sept. 13, at 3:54 p.m., on the 1600 block of Lindsay Drive.

“An unknown man had come to the door of a residence stating that he was collecting money for the Rock Creek fire relief fund,” said Const. Kris Clark in a press release.

“The man had no identification linking him to any known charitable organization so the resident wisely sent him on his way. Police later located the man who claimed to be collecting independently for the Red Cross.”

There are many legitimate ways to donate to charitable organizations such as fund raising events, or through their official website, said Clark.

Canvassers are normally registered with a charity and should be easily identifiable as such. If you are suspicious of a canvasser, don’t be afraid to turn them away as you can always make a donation through another official avenue if you want to support the charity.

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