Beware bogus charity collectors in Bath

Beware bogus charity collectors in Bath Credit: Bath & North East Somerset Council

People are being warned to be wary of bogus charity collectors operating in Bath city centre.Bath and North East Somerset Council received a number of complaints from members of the public.

The Council’s Trading Standards and Licensing teams have received reports of emotive causes being used by street cash collectors carrying buckets – who do not represent a registered charity – in order to part unsuspecting residents and visitors with their money.

We’re very concerned that people may be duped into believing that they are giving money to a registered charity when this is not actually the case. As well as it being troubling for anyone caught out in this way, it’s also unfair on the many legitimate charities who may be missing out on vital donations.

Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services

All street charity collectors need to have a permit from Bath and North East Somerset Council, with the exception of those who are specifically selling periodical publications rather than collecting donations.

If you’re unsure about giving money to a street collector:

  • Ask the collector what their registered charity number is and look it up if necessary

  • Ask the street collector how much of the money they receive actually goes to charity

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Trading Standards team is keen to hear from anyone who believes they have been approached by unregistered street collectors, or who may have given money believing them to be genuine charity collectors.