Bogus Door-to-Door Fundraisers

We have been made aware that there may have been bogus door-to-door collections in the local area claiming to be on behalf of BYPC. Please note, BYPC does not carry out any form of door-to-door fundraising and any person claiming to be fundraising at your doorstep for BYPC is not affiliated with the charity and is committing fraudulent activity. If anyone does approach you in this manner, you should contact the local police on 101.

Please be Aware: In order to fund raise door-to-door locally, charities are required to apply to the council and are required to wear official ID and appropriate clothing (Click here to find out more).

The Charity Commission offer the following help and advice:

When might a collection for charity actually be a scam? You may be asked to donate cash or goods on the doorstep, this could be in the form of; answering the door to someone with a collecting tin, or being asked to buy a magazine ‘for charity’.  Increasingly, householders also receive leaflets or envelopes for cash, or plastic bags through their letterboxes asking for donations of goods. The Charity Commission has received concerns from members of the public that not all collections claiming to raise money for charity are genuine.

How can you check you are giving to a genuine charity? There is a simple checklist to run through before responding to any request for cash donations, whether it is made in a leaflet requesting donations of goods or clothing, or by a charity collector in the street, pub or shopping centre:

1.   Is the collection for a registered charity? If so, what is the registered charity number? The name and charity number should appear on any material. These can be checked against the online Register available on the Charity Commission website

2.   Does the collection only give a registered company number? This only means that the organisation is registered as a business with Companies House, not that it is a charity.

3.   Is a full charity name given? Your constituents should be suspicious of collections for vague causes such as ‘poor children’ or ‘homeless people’.

4.   Is there an address and landline telephone number? If an organisation only provides a mobile phone number, or no number at all, this may mean it does not want to answer questions, or has something to hide.

5.   Can the collector say how much of the donated money will go to the charity and, if they are being paid to fundraise, how much are they receiving? People employed to fundraise on behalf of a charity must be able to say upfront how much of each donation will go to charity and what proportion goes towards their wages.

How should charity collectors treat you? Genuine charity collectors should be happy to answer questions and give further information. If you feel that a collection is genuine but are concerned by the behaviour of the collector, then you should contact the charity directly. If you are not satisfied with the response from the charity, you can complain to the Fundraising Standards Board, which deals with complaints about fundraising activity. They can be contacted on 0845 402 5442 or via their website.

Most door-to-door collections for goods will leave at least two days between delivering leaflets and calling to collect any donations. This allows people plenty of time to check with the Charity Commission whether the organisation is a registered charity.

What should you do if you are suspicious of a charity collection? If someone collecting funds, or a leaflet asking for donations, specifically claims that an organisation is a charity when it is not, then they are breaking the law and the police should be notified immediately. If a fundraiser or their material does not specifically claim that the organisation is a charity, but gives the impression that it is collecting for charity when it is not, they should be reported to the Office of Fair Trading’s Consumer Direct service In either instance, you should report your concerns to the Charity Commission so that we can work with other organisations to combat scams and protect the good reputation of charities.

This information has been taken from the Charity Commision website, Click here to see the original document.

We hope this information has been of use to you, please always be aware when handing money over to fundraisers. If you have any further questions or would like any information on the Braintree Youth Project Charity or our fundraising activities, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Braintree Youth Project Charity (BYPC), Tel: 01376 344 407
Registered in England no. 7437568 Registered with the Charity Commission no. 1139014
Registered Office: 10 Leather Lane, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1UZ