Fraudster collectors say they are helping out Pieta House
By Maurice Garvey
PIETA House have warned residents to be aware of “fraudsters and criminals” collecting money door-to-door claiming they are acting on behalf of Pieta House.
The centre for prevention of self-harm or suicide, advise all their supporters not to donate to collectors if they approach their home.
Reports suggest bogus collectors have been targeting elderly residents across the county and further afield in Dublin South.
This is not an isolated incident with bogus collectors purporting to collect sponsorship money for a variety of community centres in the Ballyfermot, Palmerstown and Lucan areas.
In the last few weeks, bogus callers were purporting to collect sponsorship money for the Equine Centre in Cherry Orchard, whilst teenagers were collecting money on behalf of a fictional Melodeon Youth Club in Lucan.
In February, there were similar incidents involving youths purporting to collect sponsorship money for the Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre.
A Pieta House statement said: “Pieta House does not conduct door-to-door collec-tions. We strongly advise people not to donate money to collectors claiming to represent Pieta House through door-to-door collections. Also, if people wish to fundraise for Pieta House on street bucket collections they must get written permission from Pieta House and a Garda permit. A copy of both must be carried at all times by the collector.”
If anyone would like to
raise or donate money to
help Pieta House visit www.pieta.ie/donate or if you’d like to host a fund-raising activity contact firstname.lastname@example.org