'Tis the season for giving and nearly 80 per cent of Canadians will donate to a charitable organization this year, up from 68 per cent last year.


Joe Marino, vice-president and regional director or wealth services at BMO Harris Private Banking, says people should trust their intuition and "when in doubt, check it out." (CBC)

But the Bank of Montreal warns this spirit of giving offers more opportunities for people to take advantage of others by soliciting for fraudulent charities.

"It's because Canadians do give, and it is the season, and you see so many worthwhile charities that are out there," said Joe Marino, a BMO vice-president in Calgary.

"It's pretty easy to get caught up in the spirit of the season, and that's all great, just make sure the people you want to help are getting the help."

Marino says people should trust their intuition and "when in doubt, check it out," and always ask for a tax receipt and ID.

Possible door-to-door scam

Calgary police are also investigating a series of possible door-to-door scams in southeast Calgary.

In the past month, police have received at least 10 reports of a man going to homes in the Acadia area asking for money.  

In many cases, he states he is a neighbour and he needs cash for a taxi, because his wife is coming in from the airport, but his credit and debit cards are not working.  

Police believe the same person may be responsible for several of these incidents. He is described as a white man in his mid-30s, six feet one inch tall and roughly 175 lbs.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Calgary Crime Stoppers.