Donation scam making the rounds at Ontario grocery stores
Source Canadian Grocer
The Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) has
taken to its Facebook page to warn consumers of an alleged, countrywide
scam involving people posing as official volunteers asking grocery
shoppers for donations.
The post published Jan. 27 says the scam has been running at grocery
stores in several provinces, but “most recently, throughout southwestern
Ontario.” According to CBC News, officials
from the not-for-profit grassroots organization say fraudulent displays
have been spotted at stores in London, Chatham and Ingersoll, Ont. The
setup includes a donation box and an unbranded poster featuring an image
of a guide dog and a person in a wheelchair with a cane.
Kerry Kijewski, secretary of the CFB Ontario chapter, tells CBC the
majority of its fundraising is conducted through events, magazine ads
and online donations. Kijewski says CFB officials have visited store
managers where the incidents took place. She says CFB has not filed a
report with the London Police Service, but authorities have been
contacted in other cities were similar scams have allegedly taken place.
CBC News says it reached out to managers at two London grocery stores and they were unaware of the events.