Charities losing millions of euro to bogus collectors
BOGUS collectors of clothes and household goods are cleaning up at the expense of charities. Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland has urged people to be alert to bogus collectors who drop in leaflets looking for donations.
"They can steal donations for legitimate charities or steal from textile recycling banks. They are doing this at the expense of charities that support those most marginalised," he added.
"In 2011 an Irish Charity Shops Association (ICSA) survey found that in the previous two years over €11m worth of donations had been lost to bogus collectors. That money could have made such a difference."
He is urging the public to donate their unwanted clothes and household goods to their local charity shop.
Paul Hughes, spokesperson for the Irish Charity Shops Association, said: "Our collectors often meet bogus collectors on the streets of Dublin, taking bags of goods left out for legitimate charities or passing themselves off as charities.
"The only way to be sure of beating the bogus collectors is to call your charity to organise a collection or drop the bag in to your local charity shop."
To find a legitimate charity shop near you go to www.icsa.ie/shops.