THURROCK Trading Standards is investigating charity collections which falsely claim to be helping British servicemen and women.
Homes in the borough have received flyers claiming to be from the charity “Troop Aid” which ask residents to leave out donations of unwanted clothing for collection. Investigations by Trading Standards officers found the flyers are not from this genuine registered charity which only uses branded bags for charity collections not flyers.
Thurrock Council Leader Councillor John Kent said: “These bogus collectors are trying to take advantage of people who want to help injured servicemen and women. These types of scams are becoming increasingly common and we would urge anyone to check that a charity is genuine before donating. It is an offence to falsely pose as a charity and anyone doing so will be prosecuted if caught.”
Charity collectors must be licensed by a local authority. Private collectors are not licensed but they must make it clear on their leaflets that they are not a charity.
To verify charities credentials checks can be made with Thurrock Council Licensing Team. To report a suspicious charity collection contact Thurrock Trading Standards for advice on 01375 652652.