For some time, there have been reports in the region of bogus charity
collectors who appear to be collecting for a children’s charity, but are
merely working for a company selling leaflets. See BOGUS CHARITY COLLECTOR - 6 Dec 2013 from Devon & Cornwall
If you see anyone with a collecting bucket, be absolutely sure that they're a genuine charity before donating. Apparently it's not illegal to sell leaflets if it's crystal-clear that's the deal. But it's a very grey area if the vendor makes the situation insufficiently explicit, so you think you're donating to a charity, but are in fact buying an overpriced piece of paper.
- Within the Exeter area, all charity collectors are required to wear badges issued by the City Council authorising them to collect on behalf of the said charity.
- All Charity workers must wear photo ID with the registered charity number and contact details on it.
- IF any person is not wearing this OR it does not look legitimate, please contact the police on 101 and DO NOT donate any money.