Charity and donation

Scam medium:

  • Email and text
  • Internet
  • Phone and fax


  • Individuals

A scammer contacts you to ask for a donation a charity, association, federation or religious cause. The scammer uses high-pressure tactics to get you to donate immediately.

The charity may not exist, or the scammer may not actually be associated with it.

To avoid charity scams, ask for information in writing before making a donation. You can also check that the charity is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency at 800-267-2384.

Also be on the lookout for false and deceptive crowdfunding ads. We always recommend donating locally. If you would like to donate to a disaster relief campaign, we recommend you visit your local Red Cross.

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