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Residents urged to check charities are legitimate before donating

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
2:11 PM

Residents are being urged to be careful when donating to charities.

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Redbridge Council is supporting the Home Office’s London-wide campaign Support Charity Not Crime, which aims to warn people about the dangers of giving their money to causes which may not be legitimate.

Tips include checking the charity’s name and registration number, which can be done by visiting the Charity Commission’s website and looking for the Fundraising Standards Board tick logo, which indicates the organisation is signed up for fundraising regulation.

You should also check collectors have proper identification and that their collection tins are sealed.

Fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number and collectors in the capital ­require a licence from the ­police to collect in public.

If you believe a collection or appeal is not legitimate, you should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and contact the Charity Commission.

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