Warwickshire Trading Standards has recently received a number of complaints and enquiries about charity donations.
have reported being approached on their doorstep, often in the evening,
by people selling lottery and prize draw weekly or monthly ticket
subscriptions, supporting a range of charities.
Residents are asked to sign up and provide their bank details. These approaches are sometimes made over the phone as well.
may think they are signing up directly with a charity, but often they
are actually signing up with a lottery and prize draw gamblingbusiness
who claim to support the charity or charities in question and give an
unspecified percentage of their profits away to good causes. The
businesses may be licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission but they are not charities and will not have a charity number or be listed on the Charity Commission website (use their search facility to look up charities).
If you want to be sure you are giving directly to a charity, ask 'are you a charity?' and 'can I see your charity number?'
It is a criminal offence to falsely claim to be a charity.
If in doubt do not sign up.
Trading Standards does not in any case advise consumers to give any
personal or financial information to unexpected doorstep or telephone
businesses in Warwickshire, and especially in Nuneaton and North
Warwickshire are urged to book now for a second helping of ‘'Phish and Chips'’, an expert led free cyber-crime and data-security advice and education seminar.