Police warn of charity phone scam

  • Feb. 15, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children is warning that scammers are using the charity’s name to seek funding over the phone.

Jennifer Jasechko, vice-president of the QAF, which oversees Jeneece Place, says the charity never solicits for donations over the phone.

“(Someone) is calling and asking for money, and it’s not us. We’re not sure if they’ve obtained any credit card information, but we want to put the warning out,” Jasechko said.

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said people need to be cautious before donating money to any purported charity, especially over the phone, via e-mail or at the doorstep.

Police say if you fall victim to a scam like this, it’s almost impossible to get your money back in a fraud investigation.

“You’re largely in charge of protecting those things for yourself. There’s little to no recourse whatsoever so your best defence is don’t give away any money at the door, over the phone or over e-mail,” Jantzen said.