Beware of ‘Charity Scam’

Woman and child pretending to be from local charity asking for money at people's doors last week, say Terrace RCMP.

  • Jul. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Scammers were at their worst in Terrace last week soliciting for donations claiming to be from the Terrace Hospice Society, reported Terrace RCMP today, July 17.

Known as the Charity Scam. It involves scammers collecting money by pretending to be a real charity, said police.

“They prey on the good will of people,” says Const. Angela Rabut, community policing/media relations Terrace RCMP.

“A woman and a young girl were knocking on doors asking for donations for the Terrace Hospice Society. They were carrying the society’s pamphlets with them. One man gave them an amount of money but when he didn’t get a receipt he became suspicious. He called the society and was informed that this activity had not been authorized by the board and that the identity of the woman and girl were not known.”

The two females were described as approximately 35-years-old and 10-years-old, First Nations, slightly heavy, well-spoken and well-dressed, said police.

The best defence against scams is to educate yourself on what scams look like and how to protect yourself. For more information go to antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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