This didn’t take long. Police are reporting a fraudulent fund raising campaign, where some one is going door to door, representing themselves as being with the Red Cross.
“We know that it is circulating. It is something we’re aware of,” said Sgt Steve Sharpe. “It represents fraud and the quicker we can advise the public about this we feel we might be able to prevent it from getting out of hand. Our sense of urgency around this is, the sooner that we can say it shouldn’t be tolerated, and it won’t be tolerated, and it is a criminal act, is important to us.”
Police tweaked to it, after hearing from a couple of calls, then confirmation from the Red Cross. “We had a couple of calls to our call center inquiring if we were in a certain area going door to door,” said Shawn Feely, the VP for Manitoba and Nunavut, who’s in Edmonton assisting with the on-line campaign. “We just wanted to make sure at this point in time we are not going door to door in western Canada.”
West Edmonton neighborhoods appear to be where the activity is said Sharpe. “This is a concern. Of course people are mobile, it may in fact be an issue city wide. So the sooner we know about it the better.”
A couple of other tell tale signs that who ever is showing up at your door is not legit, the Red Cross never, ever collects cash. All of their donations are done electronically. “Canvassers for the Canadian Red Cross will have a Red Cross identification,” said Feely. “They will never ask for cash donations. They will ask for credit card information for setting up the monthly gift and we do not accept cash at the door.”
The scam comes just a couple of days after an advisory was sent by the Competition Bureau predicting some unscrupulous types would try to make a few bucks, preying on the good will of people.