THE PSNI in south Belfast is urging householders to be vigilant when dealing with door to door fundraisers.
It comes after a male was charged and faced Belfast Magiatrates Court on a number of fraud and theft offences linked to bogus charity sponsorship forms.
Officers are aware of a number of similar reports across the Greater Belfast, Holywood and Newtownards areas where individuals have called at homes requesting sponsorship money.
“These individuals have fraudulently claimed to represent both genuine charities and non-existent organisations,” said Laganbank PSNI.
“Police would always advise that householders be careful when dealing with unsolicited callers of any description particularly those asking for money.
“You should always satisfy yourself as to the credibility of any caller prior to parting with cash.
“Many legitimate charities will display their registration number on sponsorship/fundraising forms or assign identification references to individual fundraisers.
“Genuine fundraisers will not mind if you ask them to call back so you can check with the relevant charity or organisation that they are who they say.
“Householders are also reminded not to permit anyone inside the home without being 100% sure of who they are.
“Always check the ID of any unknown caller irrespective of who they claim to represent and if you have any doubt about them, do not let them in.
“You can also check the identity of callers claiming to represent recognised organisations and businesses by contacting Quick Check on 0800 013 22 90. The service is free and operates 24 hours a day.
“Officers investigating the reports of bogus fundraisers would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have fallen victim.
“Often these unscrupulous individuals will have targeted more than one area and officers are keen to speak with potential victims so incidents can be fully investigated. The number to call is 0845 600 8000.”