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(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in the area. On Tuesday evening November 24, 2020, the UOV OPP responded to two calls on Maple Avenue in Pembroke regarding a suspicious male who was going door to door soliciting donations for The Grind. The area was patrolled but the male was not located. The person of interest is described as a white male, age 30-35, 200lbs, long dark hair, wearing a red jacket and black pants.

Police spoke with a representative from The Grind who confirmed that this was a scam and they do not have canvassers going door to door seeking donations. The public is reminded that, before you hear a sales or fundraising pitch and open your door to a canvasser or sales person, remember:

• Ask for photo ID and get the name of the charity/business
• Never share personal information (e.g. electricity or gas bill)
• If you ask the person to leave, they must leave right away. If you feel unsafe call the police
• Legitimate charity canvassers should provide you with a receipt if requested

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-732-3332 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at

If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at