Give safely with six ‘top tips’ from police to spot fake charity scams

PUBLISHED: 14:28 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 05 February 2015

Police have tips for how to avoid being scammed

Police have tips for how to avoid being scammed


Generous East Enders can give without fear thanks to a police drive to crack down on fake charity scams.

Six ‘top tips’ when donating

1. Genuine fundraising leaflets should have the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number. Be wary of those with only a mobile number

2. Before making a donation or accepting a collection tin, check the charity’s name and registration number at

3. Look for the FRSB ‘tick’ logo that means the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation. For more visit

4. Genuine charity collectors should wear an ID badge, be able to show a valid licence from the council or police, have a sealed collection container and be able to prove they have the charity’s permission

5. If in doubt ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser will always be happy to answer questions

6. If you have any concerns about a request for donations, contact the charity directly. Be wary if any appeals where no contact details are given

Source: Tower Hamlets Council

The annual Safer Giving Campaign, run by the Met police with support from Tower Hamlets Council, launches today to help people spot a criminal posing as a charity from a real one.

Police have penned six “top tips” for people thinking of donating to a charity or organisation.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman urged residents to make use of the good advice.

“Charitable acts of giving can change a person’s life,” he said.

“It is important to ensure that donations reach the charities that work tirelessly for important causes.

“I would urge residents to consider the helpful information provided by Safer Giving.”

Anyone worried they have been scammed by fundraisers can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit 


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