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.”