News Police Warn Residents of Fake Charities SHARE ON: Mackenzie Read, contributor, Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 2016 Police are encouraging residents to do their research before donating to a charity. Officers have noticed an increase of fraud charities looking for donations on social media. Interim Communications Coordinator with Timmins Police Marc Depatie says people should only donate to charities they are familiar with or have donated to in the past. Depatie says most legitimate organizations have offices within the city or are well known. Anyone who thinks they may have donated to a fake charity should report to police immediately.