Oxford OPP are urging residents to be aware of a teenaged boy and a young woman going door-to-door falsely claiming to be raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
A concerned homeowner reported potential canvassing fraudsters were going door-to-door on Sheldon Drive in Ingersoll on Thursday, July 7th between 7:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m.
OPP say the same suspects were also seen on July 10th at around 4:15 p.m. in the area of Dunn Court Road soliciting funds for the Canadian Cancer Society and the CIBC Run for the Cure for breast cancer.
Investigators say the woman was wearing a red name tag and carrying a clipboard with forms from the province of British Columbia.
She was accompanied by a boy riding a mountain type bike.
She is described by police as 5’3” with a thin build, early 20s, with a tattoo on her neck and short blonde hair.
The male is described by police as approx. 15 years old, short wavy brown hair, and wearing a ball cap.
Both charities were contacted and confirmed they are not fundraising at this time and have no scheduled canvassers at this time in Ingersoll.
OPP are urging homeowners to be very skeptical when someone arrives at your door soliciting funds.
OPP are urging homeowners to ask for identification as reputable companies use photo ID. Get the name of the business and the full name of the canvasser. If they don’t have identification with them they are likely scam artists.
When in doubt, call police and have them check out any suspicious person or activity at the time it’s occurring.