Police Warn of Telephone Charity Scam

Police Warn of Telephone Charity Scam
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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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The Halton Regional Police have been alerted of a recent telephone charity scam that is soliciting donations by fraudulently representing themselves as being from the Halton Regional Police Service.

The callers identify themselves as being members of the police service, stating that they are fundraising for an anti-bullying campaign and ask for donations ranging from $1 to $2000.

Generous and unsuspecting victims are then asked to provide a credit card number to complete the donation.

The Halton Regional Police does not solicit the public for monetary donations of any kind and does not endorse the collection of donations related to one specific campaign or charity on its behalf.

By providing personal, credit card or banking information to unknown sources exposes an individual to potential financial loss and identity theft.

To safeguard against becoming a victim of a false charity scam, consider the following precautions:

• Be wary of appeals that tug at your heart strings, especially pleas involving current events
• Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name
• Check the charity’s financial information. For many organizations, this information can be found online
• Ask the solicitor for the registered charitable tax number of the charity. Question any discrepancies. Confirm the charity’s registration information through the Canada Revenue Agency (1-800-267-2384)
• Refuse high pressure appeals. Legitimate fundraisers won’t push you to give on the spot.

Anyone with information on this crime can contact Halton Police Fraud Investigators at 905-825-4747 ext. 8739 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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  1. brit says:

    Thanks for the info. This reminds me of the missed calls I got from an anonymous phone number. I never got to answer the calls because they came when I was at work. But when I looked up the phone number through http://www.callercenter.com I found out that it’s been reported 16 times already and associated with the fake charity calls.

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