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Caitriona Twomey urges people not to donate to fake charity collectors. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Caitriona Twomey urges people not to donate to fake charity collectors. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Penny Dinners warning about bogus collector

CORK Penny Dinners is warning the public to beware of scammers claiming they are collecting money for the Cork charity.

Penny Dinners volunteer coordinator Caitriona Twomey said there were reports of a man collecting money in car parks on behalf of Penny Dinners who was not connected to the organisation.

According to Ms Twomey, the man was spotted near Aldi in Carrigtwohill and Lidl in Farranree, as well as in Fermoy and Midleton.

The Penny Dinners volunteer urged people to report the man to the Gardaí if he was seen again.

“Please report to gardaí if you see him. We have no one collecting on our behalf.”

Ms Twomey said they never have people out collecting for them except at Christmas when the Jingle Belles carol singers collect money for them.

“It is just once a year and it is at Christmas,” Catriona said.

Mr Twomey said Penny Dinners does not go around collecting in car parks and people should take a number of steps if they see someone pretending to be gathering funds for the charity.

“If there is any doubt, ask for a permit, because no one is allowed to collect money without a permit.”

The other thing you should do, according to Ms Twomey, is to take a picture.

“If you take a photo on your phone and send it to us, we will be able to report it to the Gardaí with some idea of who is doing it.”

Ms Twomey said that on this occasion a person took a picture of the man’s car registration plate and sent it to them and Penny Dinners made a complaint to the Gardaí in relation to the scam.

“If they are not stopped, they will keep doing it,” Catriona said, “And it is not right.”