Charity collectors going door to door found to be fraudsters

MEMBER for Keppel Bruce Young has asked people to be aware of scams leading up to Christmas after police found door knockers in the area pretending to collect money for charity were fraudsters.

Mr Young said a community member from Barlow's Hill alerted him to the fraud, while police have also investigated people in Koongal and Frenchville.

In the first case the people stated they were from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and were collecting money for NSW bushfires.

In the second incident a female was requesting donations on behalf of the Cerebral Palsy League.

Mr Young said he has heard of scammers claiming to be from research institutions who asked personal questions about finances.

He advised people to trust their instincts and not answer questions if they did not feel comfortable.

He also said not to let them inside the house.

Fake charities approach people in the street or home collecting money, calling or emailing with requests for donations, and with fake websites which look similar to real charities.

While fake charities operate all year, some are also created after disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan.

If you are approached by a collector, ask to see identification, check the online ACNC register to see if the charity is listed, and call the charity to verify the person represents them.

Don't rely on a phone number or website address given by the person, don't open suspicious or unsolicited emails and never give out personal financial details unless it is a trusted source.

Avoid any arrangement with a stranger who asks for upfront payment via money order, wire transfer or international funds transfer, as it is rare to recover money this way.

If you think you've spotted a scam, report to www.SCAMwatch.gov.au or contact the ACCC on 1300 795 995 and spread the word to friends and family.



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