Talking West Cheshire

Warning issued over bogus charity collections

17 June 2010

Cheshire West and Chester Council is warning residents about bogus charity collectors that are currently operating in the area.

The Council’s Licensing and Trading Standards team have received information that there are a number of charity collection organisations operating without a house-to-house licence and misleading the public.

These so-called charities are purporting to collect clothes for distribution to third world countries when, in fact, they are sold to make a profit. The companies distribute leaflets, including collection bags, and mislead consumers into thinking that they are genuine charities when they are in fact profit-making organisations.

Trading Standards would advise anybody who wishes to donate clothing and other goods to charity to ensure that their clothes are given to legitimate charities.

In order to help residents identify genuine charities we recommend that you research the organiser’s name, look for a registered charity number on the collection bags or leaflet and check whether the charity has a valid house-to-house collection licence.

Councillor Lynn Riley urges people to remember the advice given by Trading Standards when contacted by such companies, “If in doubt, just say no.”

If anyone has any information about bogus charity collections then they can report the matter to Trading Standards on, tel: 08454 040506 or Licensing on, tel: 01244 402646.