Check charity collectors – MP

PEOPLE are being urged to beware of bogus charity collectors by MP Julie Hilling.

The Bolton West MP said a poll commissioned by the Charity Commission and Fundraising Standards Board revealed that two in five adults do not make any checks when they are approached by someone claiming to be from a charity.

Tips for making sure a collector is genuine include checking the charity’s name and registration number on the Charity Commission’s website at charitycommission.gov.uk Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number, rather than just a mobile number.

Ms Hilling said: “It is wonderful that residents want to help others at Christmas time. It is important that goodwill is not exploited by taking a few simple steps to ensure that a charity is genuine.

“It only takes a few minutes to check for a registered charity number, but these are vital steps to make sure that your money goes to the right place.”

Anyone with any suspicions should inform Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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2:07pm Mon 31 Dec 12

berushka says...

She should know, bogus claims before elections, then we find out she was a fraud, never did keep any of her promises, or do much else for that matter! Stop trying to win brownie points Hilling, and be a good girl and resign. Now that would be a good start.
She should know, bogus claims before elections, then we find out she was a fraud, never did keep any of her promises, or do much else for that matter! Stop trying to win brownie points Hilling, and be a good girl and resign. Now that would be a good start. berushka
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5:53pm Mon 31 Dec 12

steveG says...

All charities should be avoided and those of us who know the proportion of their revenue that goes in salaries realise the main reason for their existence is to feather the nests of their directors and chief executive.
All charities should be avoided and those of us who know the proportion of their revenue that goes in salaries realise the main reason for their existence is to feather the nests of their directors and chief executive. steveG
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