Legit campaign resembles anti-bullying scam

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A local telemarketing scam that 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 telemarketing 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 says they will not 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.

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.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

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

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • nancy
    July 24, 2014 - 20:47

    I think they are still at it. They are asking for smaller donations 20, 25. When asked to provide proof they are real, they send you to cpa home page or you can talk to one of there head people. The home page dose not have any such campaign on it, so they are mailing me info to donate. I wonder if it will come in the mail.

  • FTM
    March 12, 2014 - 14:04

    I just had a call from a person saying that they r fundraiser for CPA for anti Bullying Campaign. When I told the guy that I'm a member of CPA org. (Although I'm not) He just said ok, Thank You and Good Bye. While if its a legitimate person called from CPA he would have said Thank You for Supporting , and he will not hang up but should try to convince me on supporting more , dont you think??.....

    • sara
      April 02, 2014 - 10:57

      I just had a call from them too. I wasn't sure what my bank account was saying so I told him I would need to check my bank account, and he hung up on me. I did call the number back and I got to a voicemail for the fundraiser, but it still seems fishy. Why would they use an automated voice for it?