How to spot fake charity collectors
There have been recent reports of fake charity collectors asking for money around campus. A collaborative effort between the Police and University Security staff has led to arrests but please be vigilant and read our tips below on how to spot a fake charity collector.
How to spot a fake charity collector
- Look out for tell-tale signs such as promotional materials that are badly written or have spelling mistakes.
- A fake collector may become aggressive or intimidating and use excuses to explain why their collection is legitimate.
- Charities always need to be registered and have a licence if they’re collecting in a public place. You can check if they’re authentic by doing an online search via the Charity Commission.
If you are unsure whether a charity collection is genuine do not feel pressured to donate. If you have any concerns contact Security on 0121 414 4444 or the Police on 101 (non-emergencies).
Action Fraud have more information about charity scams and how to avoid them.