Neighbourhood Watch News Article
Published: 8th June 2010
Counterfeit charity leaflets have been siezed from a van as they were about to be distributed to households across Hertfordshire. The van contained hundreds of leaflets, claiming to be from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) rolled up with bin liners to look like charity collection bags.
The leaflets provided a list of suitable items for collection and asked for them to be put outside in a place visible from the road, before 9.am on certain dates. They claimed that all collected clothing would be offered to the RNLI.
The genuine collections do not use paper leaflets but instead use printed sacks (not plain bin liners). Genuine sacks have RNLI details on them with the specific day of collection printed in a box.
If you receive a bogus charity bag or have further information contact Trading Standards via Consumer Direct 08454 04 05 06 or at www.consumerdirect.gov.uk
You can check registered charity details by contacting the Charity Commision on 0845 3000 218
Author: Neighbourhood Watch
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