PORT Fairy police will doorknock businesses today after some made donations to a man last Thursday who claimed to be from the Make A Wish Foundation Big Red Money Walk project.
Sergeant Mick Wolfe said security camera footage of the man involved in the scam had been viewed by police and officers were now following up lines of inquiry.
“We had a couple of Port Fairy businesses get in contact with us after they read Wednesday’s story in The Standard relating to the scammer being in Warrnambool last Friday. We’ll be doorknocking all the business houses in Sackville and Bank streets today,” he said.
“We’ve got very good video footage of the person who we wish to speak to. We will release a photo of the person we wish to speak to next week. It appears the scammer focused on Port Fairy because there was going to be a function for the Make A Wish Foundation in the town last Sunday.
“I wish to stress the Make A Wish Foundation does not doorknock businesses. We advise everyone before making any donation to anyone that they check to see that the person has the required lanyard and paperwork for the relevant organisation.”
Sergeant Wolfe said the man was Caucasian, wearing a bright orange fluorescent top and was in the age range of 55 to 60 years with balding hair.
Anyone with more information can contact the Port Fairy police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.