Police advice on door to door charity canvassing and donations
2022-07-13 08:29 PDT
File # Oceanside RCMP 2022-6299
Residents are reminded not to feel pressured to donate money or provide credit card or banking information to door to door canvassers.
The Oceanside RCMP have received a complaint that a recent door to door charity canvasser in the Town of Qualicum Beach was very persistent in seeking donations and credit card information.
Oceanside RCMP are reminding residents that if they do not feel comfortable making a donation or are unsure if the charity is legitimate that they ask the canvasser for further information such as a website address so they can research the charity and determine if they wish to donate at a later date.
Most charities have an internet website and allow on-line donations, says Sergeant Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP.
If you do not feel comfortable donating at your door step, politely tell the canvasser you will take some time to research their charity and will donate on-line or by phone if and when you choose to donate.
Local municipal governments have differing regulations surrounding door to door canvassers and residents are encouraged to check with the municipality where they reside should they have any questions.
Sgt. Shane WorthMedia Relations Officer
421 Pym Street North, Parksville, BC V9P 1B9
Website: bc-cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/oceanside (English only)
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