The Edmonton Food Bank says scammers have been calling residents throughout the city, claiming they are volunteers or staff members of the food bank and asking for monetary donations. Like most credit card scams, scammers are asking for credit card numbers over the phone and using the information to make unauthorized purchases.
This recent scam was likely born out of opportunity, after seeing Albertans stepping up to the donation plate as Alberta goes through a rather severe downturn.
It’s hard to say how many good-hearted people have had their credit cards stolen because of this scam. The Edmonton Food Bank, like us, has come right out and said they never make donation asks over the phone and has since outlined how the take their donations.
In case this scam moves south and starts surfacing in your neighbourhoods, it’s important Calgarians know how to spot them and know how to donate safely.
The Calgary Food Bank is community owned and community supported, which means 100% of our donations come from generous Calgarians. Because of that, we take our reputation incredibly seriously.
As a rule, the Calgary Food Bank NEVER solicits donations over the phone.