Kelowna police detain door-to-door canvasser claiming to be collecting money for Rock Creek fire victims

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KELOWNA - Police detained a man who had been canvassing Kelowna neighbourhoods looking for cash he says would go to victims of the Rock Creek fire.

Const. Kris Clark of the Kelowna RCMP says in a release that local RCMP found the man in the 1600-block of Lindsay Drive around 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13.

“An unknown man had come to the door of a residence stating he was collecting money for the Rock Creek fire relief fund,” Clark says. “The man had no identification linking him to any known charitable organization so the resident wisely sent him on his way. Police later located the man who claimed to be collecting independently for the Red Cross.”

The release says canvassers are normally registered with a charity and should be easily identifiable.

“If you are suspicious of a canvasser, don't be afraid to turn them away as you can always make a donation through another official avenue if you want to support the charity.”

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