In following a recent warning to the public regarding door-to-door scam attempts, the Regina Police Service would like to remind the public that although recent scam attempts have been reported to police, NOT all persons who engage with you on your doorstep asking for a charitable donation are attempting a scam. There are currently many legitimate ongoing efforts to raise money for worthy causes which include door-to-door canvassing.
Remember, the onus is on the person asking for contribution to provide credentials that prove their legitimacy. Only when you are satisfied that the person is genuine and who they claim to be, should you engage further. It is always your choice in whether you share your information and finances, or not. If you wish to support the cause, but do not feel comfortable sharing information with the canvasser, you can always ask for alternative methods to support the cause, such as directly donating to a legitimate website.
The Regina Police Service commends those who give to donate charities, and does not want to hamper needed revenue to worthy causes by having the public assume all who knock on your door are attempting fraud.
Once again, to anyone who believes they have fallen victim to any scam, please report the incident to police.
Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your local law enforcement agency, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). The Regina Police Service thanks the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.