07/12/2013 10:14 EDT | Updated 09/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta Flood Fraud: Edmonton Krispy Kreme Fundraising Effort A Scam, Say Police

EDMONTON - They say the wet weather brings out the cockroaches, or in this case, the criminals intent on exploiting a disaster for profit.

Edmonton police are warning the public about a flood fundraising scam.

Sgt. Mike Walkom says the department alleges that a week ago, a young blonde woman set up a booth at a city shopping mall and sold donuts, telling people the proceeds would go to flood victims in Calgary.

Walkom says the woman wouldn't take cash, just credit cards, but police allege the information from those cards was then compromised.

Walkom says the total of fraudulent charges is in the thousands of dollars and expected to grow.

Any other possible victims are urged to contact police.

Walkom told CBC he is frustrated that people who were trying to help were ripped off.

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“It makes it that much worse, right?” he was quoted by the CBC as saying.

“A tragedy such as the floods happens. And now you think you're going to help out, help the cause. And now it's somebody taking advantage of a terrible situation.”

Police are concerned that the scam may continue again this weekend, added CBC.

An Edmonton Police Service statement describes the woman as blonde, with fair skin and between 20 and 40 years of age)

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