Do not hand over cash at your front door, warns Kelowna RCMP – Kelowna News

Door-to-door charity scam

Police in Kelowna are warning the public about fraudulent door-to-door charity scams operating in the community.

RCMP say they responded to a report on April 11 at 4 pm of a suspect knocking on doors in the 600-block of Denali Drive in Dilworth.

The man, who identified himself as “Elia,” was described as 25 years old with an Eastern European accent, wearing a blue and yellow jacket and jeans.

“The suspect was described as being pushy and was only accepting cash donations,” said Cpl. Tammy Lobb of the Kelowna RCMP.

“Before handing over your hard-earned cash, take the time to do your homework and look into whether or not the person and organization they claim to be representing is legitimate.”

In this case, the resident did the right thing and did not hand over any cash. A phone call to a reputable cancer foundation confirmed that they do not do any in-person fundraising.

Report suspicious persons to the Kelowna RCMP by calling 250-762-3300. If you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net.

More information on various scams and how to protect yourself is here.

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