The Oceanside RCMP are reminding residents not to feel pressured to donate money or provide credit card or banking information to door-to-door canvassers.
Police received a complaint that a charity canvasser in Qualicum Beach was very persistent in seeking donations and credit card information.
RCMP said residents can ask the canvasser for further information, such as a website address so they can research the charity and determine if they wish to donate at a later date.
“Most charities have an internet website and allow online donations,” said Sgt. Shane Worth. “If you do not feel comfortable donating at your door step, politely tell the canvasser you will take some time to research their charity and will donate online or by phone if, and when, you choose to donate.”
Local municipal governments have differing regulations surrounding door-to-door canvassers and residents are encouraged to check with the municipality where they reside if they have questions.
— NEWS Staff, submitted