Brandon Police warn public about COVID-19 scam

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Source: Brandon Police Service Media Release

Brandon Police Service has received information that fraudsters are pretending to represent the city employees as they solicit donations for the City of Brandon to “help with the COVID-19 battle” during phone calls.

Please note that the City of Brandon is not soliciting or accepting any donations.

Anyone who is looking to donate to a local charity or non-profit during the COVID-19 pandemic is encouraged to contact your favorite organization directly.

Unfortunately, scam artists are looking to take advantage of our generosity and are reaching out to unsuspecting victims.

What do you do if you receive a call from someone who is soliciting donations, and you wish to donate to the charity or non-profit they claim to represent?

We encourage you to hang-up, then look up contact information for the agency yourself, and inquire as to how you can help.  Most non-profits have websites, or social media pages with their information listed, and directions on how you can assist them.

If you suspect you have received one of these calls, you do not need to contact police, unless you provided personal information or sent money to the caller.

Please share this information with those who may be more vulnerable or trusting.