The Regina Police Service is reminding Regina residents that it’s always a good idea to ask door-to-door canvassers for some sort of identification or credentials. Before you make a decision on whether or not to contribute recycling, cash or other donations to someone at your door, you should establish who you are dealing with and to what cause you are being asked to contribute.
This reminder is timely as the Regina Police Service has been made aware of a person or persons, travelling door-to-door on foot, claiming to be collecting recycling (bottles) and/or cash on behalf of Regina’s North Central Family Centre, or NCFC. The North Central Family Centre is, indeed, a real organization which supports healthy families and youth programs in our city, but the Centre is not canvassing at this time. In recent weeks, staff at the North Central Family Centre have gotten a number of phone calls asking about canvassers claiming to be collecting donations on behalf of the Centre. The NCFC wants to remind Regina residents that, when they are doing fundraising, their youth are always accompanied by two youth workers, who can verify their identity and whom they represent. Canvassing is always done in a van clearly bearing the logo and brand of the North Central Family Centre.
The Regina Police Service reminds citizens that it’s okay to ask for credentials before making donations. In that way, generous citizens can be assured their donations are being used in the manner they intended and no individual or organization is a victim of fraud and misrepresentation.