Toronto Police Warn of Fake SickKids Fundraising
Update: Toronto Police say they have arrested a suspect in this case; a 34 year old man from Vaughn is facing several fraud-related charges.
The Toronto Police Service is warning of someone allegedly acting as SickKids Foundation fundraiser.
The service released the warning over the weekend, saying that since November of 2023 there have been multiple reports of a man attending apartment buildings in the downtown core falsely portraying himself to be a canvasser for SickKids Foundation charity and soliciting cash donations on their behalf.
The man wears clothing and a false identity badge identifying himself as a canvasser for SickKids Foundation, however police say he is not a legitimate canvasser for the foundation.
Furthermore, in a release, TPS says SickKids Foundation does not canvass in apartment buildings and/or condominium buildings – ever, and canvassers are forbidden from soliciting for cash donations.
Police say some residents have reported that the suspect has becomes aggressive and physically intimidating when challenged by complainants.
The Toronto Police Service is urging the public not to confront the suspect but to call police with any information.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5135, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.