A FAKE charity collection scam is running in Brighouse.
Leaflets from what was supposed to be the Yorkshire Air Ambulance are being circulated around the area asking people to donate various household items and clothing with £80 per tonne being given to the air ambulance.
Dave Woolley, of Rastrick, received the leaflet and alarm bells started to ring after he noticed that the ambulance picture used was blue instead of yellow.
He had only recently seen something on the television about the scams running in other areas and decided to ring the charity based in Elland.
They told him that the information was not from themselves and that a scam had been running.
“On the day they were due to come round and collect the bags which said from 8am, I got up and sat outside and waited for them from 7.30am and I sat there until about 8.30am-8.45am but I didn’t see anyone,” said Mr Woolley.
But what upset him the most was the fact that these thieves who were operating the scam were taking money from a charity which generally needed peoples help. “This charity needs the money and when people like this are taking it away it’s not fair,” he said.
Katie Collinson, of the YAA, said: “We would like to clarify to all of our supporters that the YAA has never operated a door to door collection system. Supporters should also be cautious of any organisations leafleting locally who claim to raise money on behalf of Air Ambulances - we have no links with these organisations.
“Our official recycling partner is ‘Bag It Up Ltd’ who operates our regional recycling scheme on behalf of the charity.
“If anyone wishes to donate their unwanted textiles to the YAA, we would encourage them to use our big yellow recycling banks - the nearest YAA recycling bank can be found in the car park at Tesco’s in Brighouse.”
Three people - two men and a woman - have been arrested for allegedly carrying out the illegal door-to-door charity collections for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in parts of Huddersfield.