Legit campaign resembles anti-bullying scam

Josh Pennell
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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.


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

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Wendy
    December 03, 2015 - 18:44

    I just received that call today, the guy was very persistent with me. The number the call from was 604-244-4767. I final hung up on the guy

  • Florence ( Dunphy) Steele
    December 02, 2015 - 10:07

    i received a call last evening stating they were from the local police in need of donations off 1000.00 then 500.00 100.00 or even 50.00 or 25.00 they were very persistent even tried to pull the pity card when i said no i cant afford to donate anything then the caller said so you are happy to see the boys and girls being bullied then to help out. the number the call came from was 9027098749

  • Carole Beaupre
    September 01, 2015 - 14:46

    Sept 1, 2015 at 14:30 just got contact by the Canadian Police association to support them a donation by phone. The phone number was 647 849-1218 forgot to say I live in Kingston Ontario

  • kate
    August 14, 2015 - 21:23

    The # that called me is 250-244-4767

  • marie lyon
    February 24, 2015 - 14:23

    Recently I received a phone call from Canadian Police Association asking me to donate $100.00. I said I couldn't afford that much and that I would donate $50.00. This morning I receive two envelopes in the mail, each with a $50.00 pledge marked 'paid in full'. Have been charged $100.00 or is one a copy? Unable to tell. Please advise

  • Cam
    September 10, 2014 - 17:00

    Just got a phone call from a fundraiser for CPA for anti Bullying Campaign. When I stated that we donate our time and funds to the London Anti-Bullying Coalition, as my nephew was mercilessly bullied for years, the guy hung up rather rudely in my ear. Thank goodness.

  • Linda
    August 20, 2014 - 02:39

    Must be a type error, correction - C.P.A. Big Bullies need $$$ for future bulling charity. " If you are broke or say no we have your ph.# and may have the intellegance to figure where you live, M.F...."

  • 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?