Regardless of how much pressure you may feel, you don’t have to give money or credit details to door-to-door canvassers, say Mounties on Vancouver Island.
According to the Oceanside RCMP, they recently received a complaint about a door-to-door charity canvasser in Qualicum Beach who was “very persistent” in obtaining donations and credit card information.
Oceanside RCMP say if you don’t feel comfortable about donating money or giving a door-to-door canvasser your credit or banking information, not to do so.
They recommend asking the canvasser for further information such as a website address so that you can research the charity or whatever organization they claim to be from.
“Most charities have an internet website and allow online donations,” said Sgt. Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP in a press release. “If you do not feel comfortable donating at your doorstep, politely tell the canvasser you will take some time to research their charity and will donate online or by phone if and when you choose to donate.”
Local municipal governments have different regulations surrounding door-to-door canvassing and Mounties say it isn’t a bad idea to check with your municipality, should you have any concerns.