Charity warns of bogus collectors

ndet 30-10-12 mc 23'Lieutenant Joyce Baynes, Ray Baynes, Bill Snook, Major Les Taylor and Beryl Snook, Salvation army members raise awarness of a bogus charity collector who was collecting money in Chesterfield
ndet 30-10-12 mc 23'Lieutenant Joyce Baynes, Ray Baynes, Bill Snook, Major Les Taylor and Beryl Snook, Salvation army members raise awarness of a bogus charity collector who was collecting money in Chesterfield

A charity fraudster claiming to be collecting money for the homeless has been duping the people of Chesterfield.

A charity fraudster claiming to be collecting money for the homeless has been duping the people of Chesterfield.

The bogus collector said he was volunteering for the Salvation Army, and was spotted in Chesterfield market place on October 22, 18, 17, 16.

But the alarm was raised by suspicious market traders who alerted the charity.

The fake collector was not wearing a uniform and was carrying an open bucket - while the charity’s collectors always carry sealed tins.

He was also shouting “help the homeless” - something volunteers never do.

Lieutenant Joyce Basynes, commanding officer at the Chesterfield base, said the fake collector claimed to be from the Sheffield-branch - but the charity had no record of him.

Stall holders reported the man had taken quite a lot of money.

She added: “I’m concerned about the charity’s reputation more than anything.

“People are very generous and very good to us and they want to know their money is going to a good cause.