SCAM WARNING: Canadian Cancer Society Is NOT Selling Chocolate Bars

Police are warning the public about a door-to-door scam that's been making the rounds in the Upper Ottawa Valley.

On May 3, it was reported that a woman with an ID badge was making the rounds, knocking on doors and claiming to be selling chocolate bars on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The OPP say the Society is currently canvassing for donations, but is NOT selling chocolate bars.

Legitimate canvassers are carrying tax receipt books.

Police say if there is a question as to the legitimacy of the canvasser, the local Canadian Cancer Society office can be contacted directly at 613-735-2571.

Suspicious canvassers or salespeople can also be reported to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

More information:

The public is reminded that before you hear a sales or fundraising pitch and open your door to a salesperson or canvasser, remember:

•          ask for photo ID and get the name of the person and the business/charity

•          never share personal information (e.g., an electricity or gas bill)

•          if you ask a salesperson to leave, they must leave right away. If you feel unsafe, call local police

•          look at the company name on the salesperson's business card and promotional material and see if it matches the company name on the proposed contract

The OPP encourage residents to be aware of a resource available to them from Consumer Protection Ontario www.ontario.ca/consumerprotection before they make important decisions like purchasing a home, hiring a contractor or home inspector, renting a water heater and other such transactions.