Be cautious of cheating charities

The RCMP are warning all Canadians to be wary when donating to charities – they could be swindling you.

Since the increase in donations for Haiti relief efforts, fraud has been on the rise.  When contributing to a charity consider the following:

  • Ask for written information about the organization like its name, address and telephone number
  • Find out how your donation will be used
  • Ask for proof of your donation to use for tax deduction purposes
  • Ask for the registered charitable tax number of the charity
  • Confirm the charity is registered by calling Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384
  • Ask the solicitor for identification, if he or she cannot provide one do not continue talking with them.  Immediately report the incident to law enforcement officials
  • Double check the name of the charity as some fraudulent charities use names very similar to reputable organizations
  • Be suspicious of those who thank you for a pledge you do not recall making

To report any incidences contact your local police force.  You may also file a complaint by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.