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Warning of fraudulent canvasser

Monday, December 02, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASE
 
CANADIAN DIABETES
ASSOCIATION
 
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The Canadian Diabetes Association is warning Sault Ste. Marie residents to be cautious of a female door-to-door canvasser who claims to be representing the charitable organization.

The Canadian Diabetes Association recently received a report of a young woman - who was not wearing official volunteer identification and indicated she was unable to issue tax receipts - who was seen canvassing residents for donations on behalf of the CDA.

The individual carried an iPad and claimed she was collecting funds on behalf of her brother who is living with diabetes.

She also indicated a donation would enter donors into a draw to win a quilt.

“The Canadian Diabetes Association is disappointed to learn of this fraudulent activity that impacts the goodwill of our donors,” says Terry Cavanaugh, regional director, Northern and Eastern Ontario for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

“Money raised from our residential campaign helps to fund essential diabetes programs, services, education and research that truly make a difference for people living with diabetes.”

Currently, the CDA does not have a campaign in Sault Ste. Marie, although residential campaigns are taking place in other Ontario communities.

CDA canvassers wear official volunteer identification and can issue tax receipts.

Residents can learn more about the CDA’s residential campaigns at diabetes.ca/neighbours or make a donation online at diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

The CDA recommends that residents report any suspicious canvassers immediately by contacting the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services at (705) 949-6300.

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Bob the builder 12/2/2013 12:42:19 PM Report

You can tell it is the Christmas season. All the snakes are slithering out from under the rocks to prey on people's good will. Sad.
amw90 12/2/2013 1:09:12 PM Report

if you wanna donate, donate to salvation army or red cross or children's hospital or soup kitcen. THEY don't come to your doors. I only buy girl scouts cookies at the door -_- be careful guys..
Pakadeva 12/2/2013 1:52:24 PM Report

Yup, snakes are out...a woman, well dressed, rushed up to me as I was going into Metro asking if I had some spare change...no, I don't carry cash. This same (middle-aged) woman was waiting by the door when I came out of a Mac's store a few months ago, same question. I asked her what she wanted money for, to buy something in the store she said. I again asked what (if it was something like bread I would have gone back in), she replied it was none of my business. Ohhhhhh, so you want MY money, but it's none of MY business what you do with MY money? (There was a bar across the street so I wondered). She cursed me as I walked to my car. I told her to get a job like the rest of us & she would have her own money.
MikeQ 12/2/2013 2:24:59 PM Report

@Pakadeva

I think the difference here is that this person is posing as someone raising money for a good cause, while the person you referred to is probably a homeless person with an addiction. If a homeless person asks me for money because he's homeless, I can understand that. If a person asks me for money for a charity which doesn't exist, well that I cannot accept.
jojo12345 12/2/2013 2:38:18 PM Report

what about this woman who ask for money in every stupid parking lot
yesterday she was at country style on second line asking for money
their job like serving coffee at Timmie she can go and work there
tere 12/2/2013 2:47:15 PM Report

I AGREE...THERE ARE JOBS OUT THERE IF PPL WANT TO WORK...QUIT EXPECTING HANDOUTS...ITS HARD GETTING UP IN THE MORNING... I DID IT FOR 40 YRS...TIMMIES HAS SIGNS IN THE WINDOW EVERY DAY LOOKING FOR HELP!!!!!
buddyjewel 12/2/2013 3:02:16 PM Report

Just like me the other day. I was walking along Albert near Gore minding my own business when this middle-aged woman asked me for money and ....oh oh, wait a minute,... never mind!
harry dick 12/2/2013 3:32:10 PM Report

These people do not want jobs, they prey on the people's want to help the less fortunate, at this time of year. There should be a special law to be able to take everything these people have , and sell it and give the proceeds to the less fortunate. It would be interesting to see these thieves try and survive with nothing and see how they feel and cope.
Pakadeva 12/2/2013 3:43:53 PM Report

@MikeQ, I agree with your statement, but, so well dressed both times, hair looked nice as well, I doubt she's homeless.
When I lived in NS I always carried GC's for Timmie's, McDonald's, A&W, etc. & when a homeless person approached me seeking money for food, they received a GC, I especially kept more on hand in winter so they could go get warm.

@jojo
Likely the same one, it was yesterday afternoon with me as well & I watched her run to various new vehicles entering the parking lot. Get a JOB is my solution for that one as you said.
amw90 12/2/2013 6:24:30 PM Report

they're always hiring at tim hortons and mcdonalds and call centers... they take in people w no experience. these scammers are just interested in get rich schemes. there was this woman at this movie theater...was trying to pass off as a volunteer for a unknown charity...and was trying to force me and my bf to pay $50 to help these kids in the philiphines. Now...i only donate to the red cross when those crisises happens...at least i know my money's going to the kids in philiphines when there was a tycoon.
jojoe71 12/2/2013 8:17:18 PM Report

I wouldn't give money to a tycoon. :)
rwl 12/2/2013 8:47:55 PM Report

there was a woman at the metro parking lot (2nd line) who was asking for money. She was also going into unlocked vehicles looking for money as well. advice for others......please lock your vehicle door and don't have loose change visible!
Pakadeva 12/3/2013 3:29:02 PM Report

Whoa! I always lock my vehicle, same woman I saw near 2nd. Line Metro, I think I'm gonna report her next time I am approached, surely there's a charge that can put a stop to her...harassment for instance, cause if she approaches me a 3rd. time, that's exactly what it is!!!
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