Police issue scam warning

The HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit is issuing a warning about a scam that is targeting churches and possibly other charitable organizations.

The Unit has received information that a man and woman are contacting churches in the Metro area requesting financial assistance. The scam generally involves the couple asking for money for rent, food, utilities or supplies for their three children (investigators have obtained information that indicates the couple does have children).

While many organizations try to help people in need, especially during this time of year, this couple is attempting to take advantage of their generosity.

HRM Partners in Policing is advising the public that this scam is occurring in our community, and suggests that organizations verify the recipient’s identity prior to providing financial assistance.

Police also recommend writing a cheque instead of giving cash in order to create a paper trail. If the money is for rent or another bill, write the cheque to the business that is owed the money.

Anyone who feels they have been a victim of this scam or has information about these incidents is asked to contact police at 490-5016 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

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