Winnipeg, MB – Thousands of British Columbians have been forced from their homes due the massive wildfire activity in the province. This, of course means pressure on support groups like the Red Cross and local community centres. However, when bad things happen, scammers can and will take advantage of your good nature.
“We are always on the lookout for scams involving financial donations, even for a problem affecting other parts of Canada,” says Len Andrusiak, President and CEO of BBB of Manitoba and NW Ontario. “Crooks think nothing of going door-to-door asking for money and there have been reports of fake Red Cross canvassers in the past. This day and age we have seen plenty of fraudulent crowdfunding sites set up as well. It’s easy to do.”
BBB offers tips when it comes to giving:
The Red Cross is responding to meet the needs of communities affected by the fires by:
For more information on what the Red Cross is doing and how you can help, go here.
Len Andrusiak, President & CEO
Better Business Bureau of Manitoba and NW Ontario
1030 B Empress Street
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Manitoba and NW Ontario, founded in 1930 and is one of 108 local, independent BBBs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In 2016, consumers turned to BBB Serving Manitoba and NW Ontario more than 375 thousand times for Business Reviews.