Trading Standards Officers from Nottinghamshire County Council are warning the public to be on their guard against bogus and misleading charity collectors operating throughout the county.
Residents in Meden Vale and Southwell have contacted Trading Standards after they received leaflets and recycling bags requesting donations of clothing, shoes and handbags.
The leaflets imply that the donations will be used to raise funds for local air ambulance services. However, checks by Trading Standards have found that they have no affiliation with the local air ambulance charity, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA).
In addition to the reported collections in Southwell and Meden Vale, it is likely that the bogus collections will also be taking part in other parts of the county over the next few weeks.
Coun Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Nottinghamshire County Council said, “Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charity have confirmed that these collections are in no way affiliated to them and as far as we can ascertain are not licensed by any local authority.
“Bogus or misleading charity collections have been a problem for us in the past and we will investigate the matter to see if they are illegal. At best though they are extremely misleading and even if there is no action we can take, we will continue to raise awareness with the public so that they know exactly who they are donating items to.”
If in doubt, members of the public can ask to see formal identification from charity collectors. A legitimate LNAA collector will carry formal identification bearing the Charity’s correct logo and charity number (1017501).
If you believe a bogus charity collector is operating in your area please call the Citizens advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06.