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Charity regulators back London-wide campaign against fundraising fraud

A campaign to stamp out fraud carried out by fake charity street collectors has been backed by the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) and the Charity Commission.

The “Support Charity NOT Crime” campaign, launched jointly by the Metropolitan Police and London Prevent Network, will raise awareness of key points for London-based donors and businesses to look out for if suspicious about a charity collection.

Alistair McLean, chief executive of FRSB said: “It is deeply concerning to us at the FRSB that criminals might take advantage of the generosity and trust of supporters, diverting much-needed funding from the cause.

“Charities deliver a raft of critical services and awareness programmes across the capital that simply wouldn’t be possible without donations from the public. Londoners should be encouraged that the large majority of charity collections are genuine and carried out by fundraisers that adhere to best practice standards.”

The “six simple checks” that donors are encouraged to carry out, include checking if the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number are printed on fundraising materials. Potential donors are urged to “be wary of those that list only a mobile number” and to look out for the FRSB tick


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