Bogus charity collectors are handing out old recycling bags and keeping the money raised from old clothes for themselves, says the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The warning comes on behalf of the Trust, who are reporting that organisations have been distributing clothing recycling bags with Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s old red, white and blue logo, without the charity’s agreement.
The Trust warns that these clothing collection requests are not real and anyone carrying them out is doing so illegally.
The charity is helping Lancashire Police with their inquiries into these activities.
Iain Mcandrew, Director of Income Generation at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said:“We are very grateful to all those who support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and help raise vital funds for research.
“Unfortunately charities sometimes fall victim to criminal activity which is extremely damaging to the public’s confidence and could affect their willingness to continue with their generous support.
“We have reason to believe that our old charity sacks carrying the old red, white and blue Cystic Fibrosis Trust logo are in circulation.
“These are no longer our official bags and should be disposed of immediately.
“Anyone who is in any doubt about the recycling bags they receive should contact the charities concerned to ensure that they are genuine.”
If you have any information about the disused charity sacks email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact police.