Legitimate fundraiser resembles phone scam

Josh Pennell
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Canadian Police Association has real campaign ‘Cops for Kids’ Safety’

A local telemarketing scam the RCMP recently warned about has similarities to a legitimate campaign being run by the Canadian Police Association.

Last week, The Telegram reported on a phone scam whereby a caller tells people they are soliciting money to fund an anti-bullying book the RCMP is developing.

The caller requests donations of $100-$300.

If a person refuses to provide credit card information over the phone or asks that an information package be sent through the mail, the callers says they are transferring the person to another agent and the line is disconnected.



RCMP warning public of telemarketing scam


The RCMP said last week it never takes part in any type of phone solicitation for funds and to hang up if you receive such a call.

However, the Canadian Police Association (CPA) has a legitimate campaign that could be confused with the one the RCMP is warning about.

CPA membership includes police personnel from across Canada serving in small towns and large municipalities. Describing itself as the national voice for 52,000 police personnel, it includes representatives from the RCMP, railway police, and First Nations’ police.

It also does fundraising, specifically in this case, for a campaign called Cops for Kids’ Safety.

Terry Kidd is with iMarketing Solutions Group Inc., the parent group of Front Line Support. Front Line Support works with clients to create fundraising programs and is the group that handles the Cops for Kids Safety program.

“It’s a national appeal, so we do contact households across Canada and we ask for support on the program and it’s a financial support request,” says Kidd.

Cops for Kids Safety educates about safety online, at home and in school.

“Part of the appeal is that there is an anti-bullying presentation, but we don’t solicit (for) any type of safety magazine or book,” says Kidd.

Anti-bullying may be mentioned as part of the Cops for Kids Safety campaign, but that’s where the similarities between it and the anti-bullying scam the RCMP warned about end.

For more on Cops for Kids Safety, see website www.cpa-acp.ca.

Front Line Support does make calls to Newfoundland and Labrador looking for financial support.



Organizations: RCMP, The Telegram, Canadian Police Association Solutions Group

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Darlene Grantham
    August 19, 2016 - 16:20

    I just received a call from Crystal stating she was updating the Canadian Police Association mailing list and wanted our name added. She left a call back number 1-855-932-1832 ext 8626. Is this a scam?

  • Sara
    June 29, 2016 - 09:16

    I just received a call from 647-849-1218 asking me to donate to the Canadian Police Association. He was trying to collect money for an anti-bullying campaign. I asked him where I could go in-person to donate, but "unfortunately, the only way to donate was via phone." I told him that I already donate to my local community and then he started rhyming off different statistics that were very similar to the fake Wikipedia site.

  • JustCalled
    May 30, 2016 - 17:12

    Just received a call on my cell from 1-403-755-6712 (Red Deer) asking me to donate to a Police Anti-Bullying Campaign. I asked him how he got my Cell number and he said I could call 800-378-0929 (which is the Police number). He was very aggressive and all he wanted to know was how much I wanted to contribute ... didn't bother to tell me anything about the campaign, just wanted my money! I said I would call the Police directly to donate and he kept pressuring me to donate and I just told him goodbye and hung up!!!!

    • Just Called
      June 24, 2016 - 16:11

      I just received a call at work from 1-905-545-1627 saying the exact same scam and just kept repeating himself 'Can I count on your contribution' and I said I don't give donations over the phone and he had a reason why it it was completely safe'. I asked him 5 times which city he was collecting money for the anti-bullying and he said that he was sure some of my money would go to my local schools but didn't give a city name. I ended up hanging up on him but he was very aggressive.

  • Telescammed
    June 30, 2015 - 10:31

    "Legit" or not....I just give donations this way. I just got a call from the CPA and like the previous commenter mentioned, very aggressive. I told the guy multiple times that I wanted to read up more on their group before I would even consider donating and each time he found some way to tell me not to do so and just donate $25 to them, right now, over the phone. I literally said let me learn more first about 6 times, before he finally gave up the site url. I've gotten similar calls from these people before on various phone numbers and each time it's the same deal. "Legit" or not...it's ridiculously dangerous and stupid to give your credit card information to anyone over the phone. If I want to donate to a cause I will do my own research at my own pace and donate if I feel 100% comfortable doing so with the information provided.

    • Telescammed
      June 30, 2015 - 12:26

      correction: I just *DON'T give donations this way...

  • Rita Thomson
    April 27, 2015 - 20:51

    I had this call yesterday requesting funds for the Anti-Bullying Campaign. Very aggresive telemarker scammer. I hope others in my community are forwarned. I tried calling my local RCMP detachment and got a rather testy officer who just gave me a brush-off. I was not impressed.