The St Vincent de Paul Society in Western Australia is warning people of possible phone scammers contacting them in WA and asking for donations in the organisation’s name. Vinnies wish to make it very clear that to this date the WA branch does not undertake the practice of cold calling people and asking for donations or trying to sell anything.

We were contacted by a lady in the Perth area who had received a call from someone claiming to be a Vinnies volunteer and asking her to support the Vinnies Christmas Appeal.

We understand that the caller’s message was that many people struggle at this time of year and you can help by purchasing tickets at $4 each or if you buy 50 tickets you will receive a $75 gift voucher.

Thankfully the lady who received the call was suspicious and didn’t give out any credit card details but instead called us to check whether this was legitimate.

It is disappointing that people would be undertaking this scam in Vinnies WA's name because obviously as a charity we rely heavily on donations from the community in order to continue to help people in need. The Society operates with the upmost integrity and adheres to strict and robust fundraising guidelines.

We do conduct an annual Christmas Appeal which runs from 1 November to the end of January. However in Western Australia we do not undertake the practice of door knocking or cold calling in relation to this campaign but simply appeal to the community to support us through donations.

If anyone receives a call that they are concerned may not be legitimate, we would encourage them to check with the organisation directly before giving out any credit card details.