A new Home Office campaign is helping people give safely to charity. Most collections and appeals are legitimate, but some are scams. Fraudsters will always try to exploit goodwill and attempt to deprive causes that most need help. In some instances this can even see donations falling into the hands of organised criminals and terrorists.
Here are six simple steps to supporting charity and not crime…
1.Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number. Be wary of those that list only a mobile number.
2.Before making a donation or accepting a collection tin, check the charity’s name and registration number. You can verify this at the Charity Commission’s website: www.charitycommission.gov.uk
3.Look for the FRSB tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation, encouraging people to give with confidence. 4.When approached by collectors, check whether they have proper ID and that any collection tin is sealed.
5.Fundraisers require a licence from the local authority (or the Police in London) to collect in a public place. Check that they have this. If the collection is in a privately owned place (including shopping centres and train stations), check that they have the owner’s permission.
6.If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser will always be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.
After making these checks, if you think that a collection or appeal is not legitimate, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and inform the Charity Commission. www.actionfraud.police.uk