HoW To spoT a DoDGy ‘CHuGGer’
‘Charity muggers’ – third party collection agents who accost you in the street or lately at classic shows – should be able to answer these basic questions about their credentials. If they don’t answer, don’t give them your money:
Is the collection for a registered charity and what is the registered charity number? Is the collection pot sealed and does it have a registered name and charity number? If you have a smart phone, type these into Google along with the word ‘scam’ and see what results you get. Is a full charity name given with a clear address and phone number? Can the collector say how much of the donated money will go to the charity and, if they are being paid to fundraise, how much they are receiving? Government guidance says people employed to fundraise on behalf of a charity must be able to say upfront how much of each donation will go to charity and what proportion goes towards their wages. Does the collector get pushy when you say you want to think about it? If so, walk away.