Paul W. Fitzgerald - The Halton Regional Police have received a large number of complaints of door-to-door canvassers in the Burlington area.
But, be careful, they don't have your best interest at heart. Police say they are crooks and just want your hard earned money.
The canvassers claim that they belong with the YMCA and need money for children's autism. Although the canvassers carry YMCA brochures, non have any credible identification connecting them with the organization.
According to Sergeant Dave Cross, a lone canvasser has approached homeowners, but due to descriptions provided from residents, police have yet to determine whether more than one individual is involved.
"The YMCA are not currently involved with any fund raising associated to autism, nor do they have any door-to-door canvassers authorized to solicit on their behalf," says Cross in a statement provided by the Halton Regional Police.
The following are descriptions of those involved in the scheme:
#1 - male, white, late 30's in age, stocky, short brown hair, neat appearance, polite, wearing a black bomber style winter jacket
#2 - male, white, 6'1", early 40's in age, average build, shaved head, clean shaven, friendly demeanor, wearing a knee-length winter business coat and dark dress pants.
Police would like to remind residents of the following personal safety tips:
Cross suggests that people never let strangers into their home, and that they also insist on obtaining credible identification from service personnel and canvassers. As well, Cross indicates that if you feel threatened at all, call 911 right away.