JA issues warning of possible fraudster fundraisers

For Immediate Release
Media Advisory

JA issues warning of possible fraudster fundraisers

Nova Scotia (November 18, 2017) – Junior Achievement (JA), a local provincial charity, wish to put the public on alert that young people with JA badges posing as volunteer fundraisers have been seen selling chocolate bars door-to-door and in parking lots at grocery/department stores. While these youths indicate that they are fundraising for JA, JA does not currently have any such campaign in the market and are concerned that donors are being deceived. A release from the charity was issued yesterday on social media and has since been shared widely. Additional reports of encounters and sightings of fraudsters have been reported in Bridgewater, various areas of the Halifax, Beachville and New Glasgow. Fraudsters are using the name of Junior Achievement, JA or the JA logo.

“This is not a JA campaign and the funds are not reaching our charity to help support our programs.” said spokesperson Emma Brophy, adding “we appreciate our donor gifts very much and are deeply concerned that the generosity of donors is being taken advantage of.” Donations to JA allow JA programs to be offered free of charge in classrooms and community settings across the province. Programs focus on financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship.

JA cautioned that other groups may legitimately be selling chocolate bars, so donors should take note of the organization that fundraisers represent.

JA has reported these incidents to the Halifax Police Department who have advised that to open a case file, individuals directly affected must contact the Police Non-Emergency Line to file a report. JA is encouraging anyone who has knowledge about these incidents to please come forward and make a report.

JA is encouraging all who would like to donate support their programs to visit www.janovascotia.ca and donate securely on line.

About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on three educational pillars: financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. JA recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas.


Media Contact
Emma Brophy
ebrophy@janovascotia.ca or 902-233-9688

Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia  |  201-1223 Lower Water Street
Halifax, NS | B3J 3S8
T. 902.454.4564  |  F. 902.454.4514  |  info@janovascotia.ca