Anger at ‘bogus’ door-to-door collectors

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A local resident who wishes to remain anonymous has complained to Vale Mail that bogus collectors are regularly posting leaflets through doors in Castle Vale asking residents to leave unwanted clothing , shoes, mobile phones and jewellery in bags outside their front door. The leaflets give no indication as to the identity of the collectors, and do not indicate which  organization they are collecting for. The leaflets claim that the items will go towards helping people in Eastern European countries.The City Council have advised that leaflets that do not give details of the collecting company are likely to be bogus, and that people should not leave items for collection in these cases. The Castle Vale complainant has told Vale Mail that she has been informed by a Council spokesperson that the items are being gathered in a house in Small Heath before being sent to the north of the country before being sold for a profit. The City Council has been unable to confirm this to Vale Mail.

One resident said: “I’m happy to leave stuff if I know it’s going to a good cause like ‘Help the Aged’ – but we’ve got no idea where these things are going to.”


One response to “Anger at ‘bogus’ door-to-door collectors

  1. Clothes Aid who are professional fundraisers for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and others, works with the Charity Commission, the Cabinet office, Trading Standards and the Association of Charity Shops to help people check whether a clothing collection is for charity or not.

    The initiativeaims to ensure that people who want their donated clothes to go to a charity know what information to look out for on leaflets and bags that come through their letter box.

    Most leaflets distributed to households are from genuine registered charities. However other leaflets can, at a glance, look like they have come from a charity, but are actually from a company that profits from collections.

    To help you know what information to look for, a leaflet has been produced by the group involved in this initiative. In brief, here are our top tips:

    * Does the sack or leaflet say the collection is for a registered charity? If so, what’s the registered charity number
    – call 0845 300 0218 or visit the online Register of Charities to check that it’s genuine.
    * Do they only give a registered company number? This just means that the organisation is registered with Companies House.
    * Is the charity actually named? Be wary of wording that just says ‘families in need’ or ‘sick kids at Christmas’ or ‘creates employment’ etc.
    * Does the leaflet or bag give a phone number? The absence of a terrestrial telephone number may mean the collectors don’t want to answer questions. Regular charities and their agents will not give a mobile phone number only.

    But most importantly, please remember to keep giving charity donations to legitimate charities and their partners. If we stop giving when we receive a charity bag through our door then these people will have not only stolen our donations but will have stolen our charitable spirit.

    Together we can make a difference – Give With Care