CORNER BROOK — The Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Canadian Council of the Blind are warning residents of Corner Brook to be on the alert for anyone soliciting donations on behalf of these organizations.
According to a joint news release issued by the separate entities, which do sometimes partner in aid of the visually challenged, someone was canvassing door-to-door in their names in Corner Brook earlier this month.
While there was no description provided, other than that the person was a man, the release indicated the canvasser did have a pledge sheet with the Canadian Council of the Blind logo.
In an email to The Western Star on Tuesday, Const. Scott Mosher said someone contacted the RNC about a week ago about the issue, but the caller was going to get more information to make a formal complaint.
Mosher said the person wishing to file the complaint alluded to providing a description of the suspect.
Debbie Ryan, the CNIB’s vision health promotion and communications director, said it was the sharp eyes of a Corner Brook resident who helped bring the fraudulent activity to the attention of both organizations.
“The resident noticed the CCB logo on the pledge sheet and that the person at their door had said he was collecting on behalf of the CNIB,” said Ryan in a phone interview.
She added that the resident notified the CCB of the potentially bogus pledge sheet. It was the CCB which then contacted the CNIB and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Corner Brook about it.
Ryan did not know what area of Corner Brook the canvassing was being done in.
The CNIB and the CCB are not conducting any door-to-door campaigns anywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador currently.
Anyone with any further information about the alleged fraudulent activity should contact their local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.