RCMP are warning the public about a scam where the alleged suspects pretend to be deaf. 

Lake Louise RCMP were called to the report of a fraud in progress at Samson Mall on Friday, March 8. 

Officers report four individuals were seen roaming with clipboards, pretending to be deaf while soliciting donations from shoppers and establishments.

"One of the suspects aggressively gestured at a till, trying to get the cashier to open it." stated the police in a news release.

Police believe the suspects attempted the same scam in Banff earlier in the day. 

Loretta Wall, President of the Calgary Association of the Deaf stated they never send people out to collect money.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, charity and donation scams are common. "The scammer asks for a donation to a charity, association or religious cause. The scammer uses high-pressure tactics to get you to donate immediately. The charity may not exist, or the scammer may not be associated with it."


For more information on common scams, what to look for, and how to protect yourself, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's website