A new scam going door to door

People claiming to be from United Way accessing personal information

Beware of fundraisers with portable terminals; it could be a scam.

By now most people are aware that scam artists lurk everywhere who will try to entice you over the phone and door to door to give up personal information such as credit card numbers.

However, there is a new one out there and it’s associating itself with a well-known charity, the United Way.

While police say it hasn’t happened in Kimberley Cranbrook yet, there are several reports out of Salmon Arm of door to door canvassing under the guise of raising funds for the United Way.

The RCMP says the suspects, who appear well dressed and sincere, offer to sell Tim Horton’s or other gift cards as part of the fund raising.

If the victim agrees to donate or purchase a card, the suspect produces what looks like a hand held point of sales machine (debit credit card machine) for payment. Victims are even issued a receipt for the amount paid. Unbeknownst to the victim, their bank account information is entered into the handheld skimming device, giving the suspect complete access to the victim’s bank account and PIN number.

Several thousand dollars have already been stolen from victims of this scam in the Salmon Arm area alone.

Donna Brady Fields of the Kimberley Cranbrook United Way says that her agency does not do door to door canvassing at all in B.C.

“If someone comes to your door soliciting funds they are not from the United Way,” Brady Fields said.

“We do not do door to door. We have been discussing whether we should do it or not, but if it was going to happen, communities would be told well in advance.”

Police remind people to be vigilant in protecting their private information and to be cautious when dealing with people/agencies they are unfamiliar with. Anyone with information on the suspects in these frauds are asked to contact their local police services or Crimestoppers 1800-222-8477.

Just Posted

A great weekend of soccer at JulyFest tournament

The annual JulyFest Soccer Tournament had another successful year with teams from… Continue reading

Know it All: Summer entertainment in Kimberley Cranbrook

Cranbrook Arts The featured artist this month in the gallery at Cranbrook… Continue reading

Neither rain nor cold can stop Kimberley’s JulyFest

JulyFest attendees managed to ‘Get Festy’ despite the rain and cold, says… Continue reading

News from the Kimberley Garden Club

Submitted by Marilee Quist While I am glad we are getting rain… Continue reading

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

B.C. rail crossing death highlights risks for people in wheelchairs: watchdog

Transportation Safety Board points to ‘persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices’

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Nelson’s net-zero ready house is a glimpse into B.C.’s future

One local builder set out to construct the province’s ideal energy efficient home

Most Read