WEARSIDERS are being warned not to hand over donations to fake charity collectors.
Bogus volunteers have been distributing clothes recycling bags with Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s old red, white and blue logo.
Now the Trust is working with police forces across the North East to catch the fraudsters, who are not collecting on behalf of the charity.
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.”
Anyone with information can contact email@example.com, or Northumbria Police on 101.
Donations can be made safely through www.clothesforcharity.org.uk.