Update: Police confirm alleged scammer in Burlington actually works for Toronto hospital


Published February 9, 2024 at 2:47 pm

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Update and editor’s note: Halton police have now confirmed that the person going door-to-door soliciting donations to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children actually does work for them.

Shortly after publication of the original story, police reached out to halton.insauga.com.

“We’ve been informed by detectives that they now believe the suspect in this media release does work for SickKids. We’ve taken it down from our website.”

Inhalton.com has decided to leave the story up, but remove photos of the person originally identified. This allows people who may have already seen the story to learn of the correction.

Here is the original story:

Halton police are warning residents in Burlington, and across the region, about a door-to-door donation scam.

So far just confirmed in Burlington, police say a male suspect has visited multiple homes claiming to be soliciting cash donations for SickKids Foundation.

The suspect has worn a lanyard badge in a bid to identify himself as a canvasser for Sick Children (SickKids) while requesting donations on behalf of the organization.

“Police have confirmed with SickKids that the suspect does not work for them, and that the foundation had no representatives in the area at the times in question,” said a police spokesperson.

If you see this person, members of the public are urged not to confront him or give him funds but to contact police. If this suspect has visited your residence in the past, police would also like to speak with you.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at the website.

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