HoW To spoT a DoDGy ‘CHuGGer’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

‘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.

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