|Bogus Charity Collectors Back in Chiswick|
Women claiming to help Iraqi refugees steal £250 from elderly resident
An elderly resident of Fielding Road has had over £250 stolen by bogus charity collectors prompting police to reissue a caution.
The incident happend on Thursday 17th January at 17.00 when the 87 year old male answered his front door to two females who said they were collecting sponsorship money for refugees in Iraq.
The victim recognised the suspects because he had donated £10 to the same individuals a couple of week’s prior and invited the suspects into his home. The suspects asked if the victim was willing to donate any more money and the victim declined.
The suspects then asked if the victim could change two £5 notes for £10. As the victim was in the process of handing over a £10 note, one of the suspects grabbed the envelope containing his money and both ran from the house in an unknown direction.
The first suspect is described as a white female, aged between 25-28yrs, 5’ 00”, blonde shoulder length hair, slim build, wearing a red top and blue jeans.
The second suspect is described as a white female, 22-26yrs, 5’ 06”, blonde shoulder length hair, slim build, wearing a top and blue jeans
No arrests have been made and enquiries continue. Police would appeal to anyone who may have any information, which could help with their investigation to contact Ealing Borough Police on 020-8810-1212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111
Ealing Borough Police spokesperson stated, “Unfortunately you cannot assume that all charity door-to-door callers are genuine. Bogus charity collectors prey on people's good will to fill their own pockets. Whilst there are genuine registered charities that utilise door-to door collection techniques, it's always a good idea to check the credentials of the collectors before donating.
"If in doubt, make a donation direct to the charity of your choice instead. If people can avoid being duped by bogus collectors, genuine charities can only benefit.”
Anyone wishing to check on whether companies or their associates are registered charities, can telephone the Charity Commission on 0845 300 0218 or search their website at www.charity-commission.gov.uk
January 25, 2008