Brantford Police Searching For Charity Fraudster

Incident: On May 16, 2017 a Brantford woman reported a fraud regarding cookie dough sales. The woman advised that last week an unknown woman with two children came to her door fundraising for Landsdowne Children’s Centre. The victim placed an order for cookie dough and paid in advance for the order. The victim later followed up with the school and learned that the school was not currently fundraising and there was no such event ongoing. The total amount of fraud was $19.00.

The suspect is described as a white female in her 30’s having light brown shoulder length hair. Accompanying the suspect was a 6 to 7 year old girl and a boy aged 2 to 3 years of age sitting in a stroller.

The Brantford Police Service believes there may be other victims of the

below noted fraud. Anyone who may have ordered cookie dough, desert and/or pizza kit orders in support of a Lansdowne Children’s Centre fundraiser is asked to contact police. Lansdowne Children’s Centre is not involved in a community fundraiser. If you have placed an order you are the victim of fraud. BPS encourages anyone who was visited at their home by the below described woman soliciting funds to please telephone the police and report the incident.

This is an unauthorized charitable funding. The suspect is playing on the sympathy and goodwill of others to make a donation in support of Lansdowne Children’s Centre. It is troubling that the suspect has brought with her young children. Unsuspecting victims are more apt to believe a suspect playing a role of a mother with children asking to donate to a Children’s Centre.

If you do not know the person soliciting for the charity, please ask for a receipt and confirm with the organization that a fundraising event is in effect. – Cst Natalie Laing

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