Saskatoon police say it “regrets any confusion” after a charity fraud alert sent it out earlier this week was found to involve a licensed business.

Police said Tuesday it had received reports of people representing an organization claiming to collect money for a charity.

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On Thursday, police said HopeCo is not a charity.

“(It is) a licensed business and is able to conduct door-to-door fundraiser,” police said in a statement.

“The SPS regrets any confusion caused by the initial news release.”

Police urge people to remain vigilant with door-to-door solicitation.

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SPS said to ask questions and do research before making a donation.

Anyone believing they have been the victim of fraud can find reporting information online from the Saskatoon police economic crimes section.

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