Mounties are warning the public about a suspicious woman falsely claiming to be selling raffle tickets for a girls hockey team.
Police say the woman was reported to be going door-to-door the afternoon of Sept. 13, selling raffle tickets on behalf of a Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) bantam girls team.
The CMHA says they have not been doing any fundraising, and that they have received several reports of the woman since July.
"The woman has claimed that she was with the girls bantam team and that there were other single mothers selling tickets in the neighbourhood," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth said. "The CMHA also told police that if the woman was not able to get money for a raffle ticket she would ask for bottles and cans."
Police say the CMHA has strict guidelines surrounding fundraisers and that most raffles are directed at family and friends.
"In some instances a team may go doorto-door for a bottle drive, but the CMHA requires each player to wear their jerseys and to be accompanied by a parent at all times," said the CMHA's Jeff Dyck in a press release. "Teams are never authorized to raise funds by sending an adult door to door."
The woman was described as First Nations, in her mid-forties, with black hair in a pony tail. She wore a "ratty" pink jersey branded by The Province and Vancouver Sun.
Those unsure about the legitimacy of a CMHA fundraiser can ask to see a stamped fundraising request form by the CMHA, email email@example.com, or call the CMHA office at 604-858-6031.
? Anyone with more information on the suspicious woman or similar incidents is asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or the CMHA at 604-858-6031.
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