Homeowners must be on their guard against the growing problem of bogus charity collectors, an MSP has warned.
Midlothian North and Musselburgh MSP Colin Beattie said UK charities lose £50 million annually through illegitimate collections.
“The increasing problem of bogus charity collectors poses a real concern, as it causes a great deal of damage to charities across the nation by diverting donations to criminal organisations.
“However, it is important to remember that most collections are legitimate. By making a few simple checks, you can be confident you are giving to legitimate charities that so desperately need our support.
“If you have suspicions that a collections is fraudulent, make sure you report it. The more intelligence is gathered, the more authorities can identify, arrest and convict those involved in such crimes.”
If you think a collection is bogus call Action Fraud on 0300-123 2040.