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Macmillan warns Solihull of collection con

CALLOUS conmen are posting flyers through people’s doors, claiming to be collecting for a cancer charity.

CALLOUS conmen are posting flyers through peoples' doors, claiming to be collecting for a cancer charity.

Macmillan Cancer Support has warned residents that the leaflet, asking people to donate clothes and household goods, is nothing to do with them.

Calls have already come from Chelmsley Wood and Hall Green and the charity suspects the flyers may have been delivered to other parts of Solihull.

Police are now investigating the deliveries, which were produced without Macmillan's knowledge or permission.

Cat Yates, Macmillan's fund raising manager, told the Solihull News that bogus collections could cost the charity dear.

"If people give to something like this then they think they've supported us, but actually we won't get any benefit.

"We had a call from one lady who had put out eight bags of stuff after getting one of these flyers.

"She called because the bags had been collected so quickly and we had to say we were sorry, but it wasn't us at all.

"It's sad to say that charities are becoming more of a target, people are doing things like this more regularly."

While fake leaflets are often easy to spot, this latest one is professionally set-out and uses genuine Macmillan logos

"They've made one slip-up, near the bottom, where they've called us MacMillan - but it's not easy to spot," added Miss Yates.

David Crosby, the charity's regional general manager, advised people who want to donate to call 0121 742 6393.

* Macmillan are currently gearing up for The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning. To get involved visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee.

 

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