BOGUS flyers in circulation from a company claiming to help disabled children have caused concern among residents in Sudbury.
In recent weeks, Suffolk Trading Standards have received a number of complaints from consumers in the town who are questioning the validity of flyers posted through their doors asking for donated items including clothing, bedding and cosmetics.
The company, “Sanita & Partner Limited”, allege to be a registered commercial company in England.
However, their details do not appear on Companies House or the Charity Commission website, which is in direct breach of Trading Standards’ regulations. The company’s direct website address, which features on the flyer, also does not exist.
Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for public protection said: “It is important to remain on guard when donating items to charities who put flyers through doors. “It is good advice to carry out research to determine exactly where your items will be going before leaving them outside your front door.”
Mr Spence said it was imperative customers were given all the information required by law to ensure that they can make an informed decision as to whether to donate or not.
“The complaints Trading Standards have received in a short period of time is an encouraging indication that people are aware of the existence of bogus companies and are taking the right action by contacting us,” he said.
Residents with any concerns about donating to charities should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.
Anyone with any further information about Sanita & Partner Limited in should contact Suffolk Police on 101.