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Plunket says beware of bogus charity collectors

Plunket’s Annual ‘Bear Hug’ Appeal kicks off next week which means that collectors will soon be taking to the streets around the country to raise funds for local Plunket services.

Unfortunately, this also brings a risk of bogus collectors shaking a bucket or knocking on doors and claiming to be from Plunket.

Every year a number of unscrupulous groups and individuals attempt to defraud the public by pretending to collect on behalf of charities.

Anyone collecting on behalf of Plunket will be clearly identified as being part of Plunket and have contact details for those in charge of the collection.  They may also carry a letter on official letterhead stating they are an approved collector and the reason they are collecting.

If you encounter a collector who makes you feel uncomfortable or suspicious please ask for identification and try to get as much information as possible from them.  If in doubt, please contact your local Police.

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For more information contact:

Nikki Prendergast | Media Manager

021 405 842 | Nikki.prendergast@plunket.org.nz

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