(PEMBROKE, ON) – The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in the area. On Tuesday evening November 24, 2020, the UOV OPP responded to two calls on Maple Avenue in Pembroke regarding a suspicious male who was going door to door soliciting donations for The Grind. The area was patrolled but the male was not located. The person of interest is described as a white male, age 30-35, 200lbs, long dark hair, wearing a red jacket and black pants. 

Police spoke with a representative from The Grind who confirmed that this was a scam and they do not have canvassers going door to door seeking donations. The public is reminded that, before you hear a sales or fundraising pitch and open your door to a canvasser or salesperson, remember: 

  • Ask for a photo ID and get the name of the charity/business 
  • Never share personal information (e.g. electricity or gas bill) 
  • If you ask the person to leave, they must leave right away. If you feel unsafe call the police 
  • Legitimate charity canvassers should provide you with a receipt if requested 

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offense that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at +1 (613) 735-8477  or you can reach us at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day. Or please submit a tip online at … Submit A Tip.

If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at www.antifraudcentre.ca