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Bogus charity bags

Over 90% of the goods sold in charity shops are donated by members of the public and charities rely on this support and generosity. Household collections are a popular way for charities to collect donations, but beware – some of these collections are bogus.

Following a tip off from a member of the public, Trading Standards have seized a number of bogus charity collection bags which state that a pledge will be made to a named charity. In fact, the charity has not received any donations for nearly 18 months. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Donating your clothing and other goods to genuine charities helps to raise vital funds. But please make sure that your donation goes to a legitimate charity or organisation collecting on their behalf. Taking care when making your donation means that you can be sure that your help goes to those who really need it and that charities don’tUnfortunately, anonymous bogus collectors may try to exploit your generosity for their own gain. They may also steal donations left for collection by genuine charities. These bogus collections cost charities at least £2million every year.

Our advice is don’t be taken in. Read the small print. Know where your donation is going – will it go direct to the charity or will the collector make a small donation based on an amount per tonne of clothing collected? Check contact details as they may be false. Are they clear? Is the charity specified? If you have any doubts about bags or leaflets asking for donations, check them out.

Ring the Charity Commission helpline 0845 300 0218 or visit their online register of charities at www.charity-commission.gov.uk to see whether the name or number belongs to a legitimate registered charity

Contact your local borough or district council to see whether the collector has been licensed

Contact your local borough or district council to see whether the collector has been licensed

If you are unsure take your donations directly to a charity shop

To report a concern to Trading Standards ring Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

Consumer Direct

Consumer Direct is the government-funded consumer advice service that works in partnership with us. They refer cases to us where further action may be appropriate.

If you have a complaint about a trader or need advice or information on problems with goods or services contact Consumer Direct

The helpline is open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm or visit www.direct.gov.uk

                 

 

 

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