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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington


Tom Cautions Against Bogus Charity Scam

March 27, 2008 10:35 AM

To help with raising awareness of a growing issue, Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington is joining the fight against false clothing charities.

Several constituents have contacted Tom about this problem after receiving leaflets in the post which mislead people into believing that they are from a reputable charity. The flyers, often attached to bags, ask for donations of clothing in order to help those in need in Eastern European countries.

Tom Brake commented, "It's appalling to think that local residents are being duped. People need to feel comfortable about where their donations are going. Some simple preventative measures may help people defend themselves against this scam."

Some precautions include making sure the bag or flyer indicates it is a registered charity. There should be a registered charity number that is verifiable by visiting the Charity Commission's website at, or calling them on 0845 3000 218. Some leaflets, however, list a number that is actually only a registered company number-this is not the same! Residents need to pay attention to wording. A good indication that the charity is real is if the charity is named rather than if it just mentions 'families in need' or 'stop indifference.'