Beware bogus bags

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AN MP is warning people to be on their guard for bogus doorstep collectors.

Andy Burnham wants families who give unwanted goods on their doorstep to charitable causes to take care in ensuring that the goods will reach genuine charity beneficiaries after reports of fraudsters operating in Leigh.

He said: “We are aware that there are some bogus operators collecting goods and giving the false impression that they are being sold for charitable causes.

“In some parts of the country, genuine charity collection bags have also been stolen from residents’ doorsteps.

“Not only is this a crime against local householders, but charities are losing out on millions in lost income each year. “I am encouraging residents to make a few simple checks so that you can give with confidence to the charities.”

Residents should check that the bags have a registered charity number.