Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

August 17, 2010 18:53 ET

MCSC Warns Public About False Donation Collector in Brampton Area

Suspect soliciting donations outside local Wal-Mart

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2010) - The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) is warning the public today after receiving an email tip from a concerned Brampton resident about a suspicious individual who claimed to be collecting donations on the organization's behalf. The individual has been described as a male in his late 40's to 50's approximately 5'6" tall with grey hair and glasses. He was seen soliciting donations outside a Wal-Mart store located on Quarry Edge Drive in Brampton around 11:00am on Sunday, August 15th.

MCSC was alerted of the situation by a Brampton resident who sensed something was strange about the situation. Their instinct proved to be correct.

"We at MCSC do not conduct any door-to-door donation solicitations and we have not authorized anyone to collect donations on our behalf outside any retail stores such as this situation outside a Wal-Mart store," explained Amanda Pick, Executive Director of MCSC. "Our donors are so important to our organization. It is disgusting that someone would take advantage of their generosity, and callously exploit the heartbreak of our searching families, for their own personal gain."

MCSC, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the ongoing search for abducted and missing children, would like to publicly thank the individual for bringing the incident to their attention.

"We feel it is extremely important to inform everyone in the Brampton area about this incident, and to ask all Canadians to make informed choices when they generously donate funds to charitable organizations," Pick continued.

There are a number of tips to keep in mind to avoid fraud when making a charitable donation. For example, it is recommended to make donations using methods that can be traced – such as writing cheques payable to the charity, not to an individual, or making online payments through a secure website. It is also advisable to take your time, ask for the charity's registration number and confirm their status with the Canada Revenue Agency. For more information and tips to avoid donor fraud, visit the Canada Revenue Agency's website on charitable giving or contact PhoneBusters.

Since 1986, the Missing Children Society of Canada has been reuniting missing children with their searching families through professional investigations, public awareness and family support programs. MCSC's team of former police detectives work closely with law enforcement while conducting frontline, hands-on investigative and search activities.

Contact Information

  • MCSC - Media Contact
    Amanda Pick
    Executive Director
    403.291.0705 ext. 222 or Cell: 403.510.6942