Mounties are warning residents of a scam where the alleged suspects pretend to be deaf. Late last week, Lake Louise RCMP was dispatched to a report of fraud in progress at Samson Mall. 

"It was reported that four suspects were walking around with clipboards, pretending to be deaf and requesting donations from shoppers and businesses. One of the suspects aggressively gestured at a till, trying to get the cashier to open it," police stated.

When police were called, the suspects departed. It is believed the same suspects attempted this scam in Banff earlier the same 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

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