Police warning people to beware of scam involving hospital

Colin MacLean
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Bevan Woodacre, spokesman for the Prince County Hospital Foundation, says it’s unfortunate that someone is apparently, fraudulently, collecting money on behalf of the hospital. He encourages anyone who suspects something is amiss when solicited for a donation to contact the charity in question, just to be safe.

Door-to-door canvassers looking for donations to PCH

SUMMERSIDE - People are allegedly going door-to-door in the Summerside area claiming to be collecting money for the Prince County Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Police and the Prince County Hospital Foundation are warning there is currently no such campaign underway.

Police said they received two calls, minutes apart, from people in the Duke and Elm Street areas recently reporting that two men had come to their doors soliciting donations for the hospital.

The men are described as possibly being in their 20s, scruffy, one is about five-foot,  10 inches tall, while the second is between five-foot, two inches and five-foot, five-inches. Both are of average build and one was wearing a dark hoody.

The men were seen getting into a vehicle that was described as an older model white Chevrolet Cobalt, with a black stripe along the bottom and a fin on the trunk.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has been solicited by these men or who has any information. 

Police can be reached at 902-432-1201.

The foundation, which is the charity arm of the hospital, said last week it typically does not perform door-to-door canvassing. If they were to conduct such a campaign, volunteers would carry identification and a letter of authenticity.

Bevan Woodacre, spokesman for the foundation, said the reports are concerning, but that the public has been very supportive since news of the incidents got out.

“We’ve had a great reaction on social media since we posted about the fraudulent canvassing. It reached thousands of people who are spreading the word. So hopefully it stops immediately and no one else is approached,” said Woodacre.

“When someone falsely takes on your image and portrays you in not such a nice light, of course it’s a concern. Hopefully it won’t continue and they’ll find out who it was. We certainly hope that no one gave them any substantial amounts of money.”

Organizations: Prince County Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Elm Street

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  • Crime
    February 15, 2016 - 16:41

    With a description like this Police should have arrested them by now. That vehicle should be well known to Police. Were they apprehended to date? I would guess there is alot more Crime in Summerside other than this scam. Why don't Police update the citizens at to what is actually going on. We deserve to know all the facts about Crime in our community. Police depend on citzens helping them, but first we need to know what is going on and what we should be alerted to. Every other Police agency does this that I know of. If there is property crimes such as resident breaks, assaults etc and not be reported than that is concerning.