PERTH – Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have received several calls regarding a door-to-door collection scam going on over the past few days in the Perth area.
Residents are reporting a white male, with stocky build in his early 20’s is going door-to-door stating he is collecting donations for the Red Cross. The male is wearing a lanyard with an official looking identification badge and is only stating he can accept donations via credit card and will not accept cash.
The public is being warned regarding providing any type of personal and or credit card information to anyone soliciting for same via phone, email or in person.
The Canadian Red Cross Central Headquarters in Ottawa was contacted and confirm they are NOT actively working in the Perth area (collecting donations) and also advised they will NEVER request credit card information in person and also NEVER SOLICIT via email; which is currently another type of scam being reported.
Residents are encouraged to report any sort of suspicious activity to their local police detachment and are reminded to only give information out to trusted companies which THEY themselves have called.