The Canadian Police Association: charity or scam?

March 4, 2015

The Canadian Police Association
mgendron@cpa-acp.ca

Dear Sir:

I hold power of attorney for my mother, Mrs. Edna Croskery, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. She has been disturbed of late by repeated calls from the Canadian Police Association requesting contributions. They won’t take no for an answer. These calls have upset her.

My wife on Feb 2, 2015 intercepted one of these calls, confronted the operator and extracted a promise to make no more calls to 613-272-2***. Today in the mail, dated Feb 2, 2015, was a colourful demand for payment of a pledge for $50.00, entitled “Bullying in Schools.” The irony of the letter did not amuse.

I made a number of attempts to penetrate the telephone fortress but was unable to contact an operator at the Canadian Police Association.

Please consider this note your notification that on behalf of Mrs. Croskery I will not be honouring pledge #492***61, and you should be ashamed of a business model which condones this kind of harassment.

Sincerely,

Rod Croskery, M.Ed.

UPDATE 20 August, 2015

Definitely a scam. Another automated call came at mealtime today. I answered and after a delay a male with an Indian accent went into his spiel about Mom’s previous donations. I unloaded on the guy pretty well. My accusation of harassment of an Alzheimer’s sufferer meant nothing to him. Only when I told him that my mother no longer lives here did he apologize and hang up.

According to the Internet, the Canadian Police Association is a lobby group with Conservative ties. It seems its fundraising is subcontracted offshore as well, and preying upon the elderly is its standard practice.

A plague on them.

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