Someone representing the Canadian Police Association (CPA) called and asked whether I would like to support their anti-bullying campaign.
The CPA caller was polite and not pushy, but I couldn't take the chance. "Sorry I don't accept phone solicitation." I said. He thanked me and hung up.
Back in June, the Ottawa Police put out a scam alert but then had to quickly withdraw it because the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) was actually campaigning. False alarm and communications, they said.
But with so many scammers out there, the best is to quickly disengage and to make direct donations to the charities of your choice under your own terms and conditions.
* CBC, June 9, 2015 article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ontario-police-association-fundraising-mistaken-for-phone-scam-1.3106595
* The Telegram, Feb 5, 2014 article: http://www.thetelegram.com/section/2014-02-05/article-3604661/Legit-campaign-resembles-anti-bullying-scam/1