RCMP urge caution when donating money to charities

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RCMP urge caution when donating money to charities

The Burin Peninsula RCMP has received information that someone may be going door to door in Marystown, collecting money for the Janeway hospital, but unable to give out receipts or show any official documentation.

 The RCMP says nonprofit organizations play a pivotal role in supporting community services across the country, but if you plan to make a charitable donation, make it wisely.

Here’s some advice from the RCMP:

 • Only give to registered charities. Before you respond to a solicitation from an unfamiliar organization, call to confirm that it exists and is aware of any fundraising efforts on its behalf;

 • Watch out for imposters. Bogus charities often use names or logos that resemble those of well-established, reputable organizations;

 • Resist impulse decisions to donate. No legitimate organization will insist that you donate immediately. Request written materials about the charity and read up to learn more before making a decision;

 • Be careful with cash donations. Always make the cheque payable to the organization and never the individual collecting the donation.

 Anyone with more information on this door-to-door solicitation are asked to contact the Burin Peninsula District RCMP at (709) 279-3001 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Organizations: RCMP, Janeway hospital, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Marystown

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