BARNARDO’S children’s charity has issued a warning about bogus fundraisers operating in the Dundalk area.
According to Barnardo’s, a small number of bogus fundraisers are operating in various locations in Dublin and Louth, specifically the areas of Clontarf Castleknock/Coolmine and Dundalk.
“The people concerned have been collecting cash door to door in residential areas claiming they are collecting money on behalf of Barnardo’s or looking for sponsorship for a run,” said a Barnardo’s spokesperson.
“If a member of the public is unsure as to whether the fundraiser is legitimate, Barnardo’s would advise that they ask for identification and a letter of authentication which is provided by Barnardo’s to genuine fundraisers.”
Barnardo’s depend on the support of official fundraisers and door-to-door direct debit fundraisers to raise vital funds for the charity.
A legitimate Barnardo’s fundraiser will have a letter of authentication and will never ask for cash at the door.
Only people who have registered with Barnardo’s will have an official sponsorship card. The sponsorship card is an envelope with a Barnardo’s logo.
The children’s charity is encouraging anyone who is suspicious or uncomfortable of a caller at their door to contact 1850-222-300 where the Barnardo’s fundraising team holds a list of active fundraisers who have registered with them.
Barnardo’s is also calling on anyone who notices suspicious activity to report it to local Gardai.