The MD wishes to make residents aware of fraudulent fundraising activities that have occurred in recent weeks across the province.
A number of fire departments in the province - and their communities - have been the subject of fraudulent fundraising activities. The scam involves individuals calling residents of these communities and identifying themselves as a member of the local fire department. The scammer will then advise the resident that they were conducting fundraising efforts for the fire department and seeking cash donations. In all reported instances, the fire departments mentioned were not conducting any fundraising activities (and they do not raise funds in this manner). The fire departments involved have notified the RCMP and/or Municipal Police, and investigations are ongoing.
As these incidents of fraud are not isolated, the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) believes that passing this notice along to the communities of Lesser Slave River will foster awareness of the situation and prevent residents from being exploited.