TRADING standards officials have warned people not to be deceived by a doorstep collection scam which has returned to Huddersfield.
Leaflets advertising a collection for the “third world” have been delivered in Honley, Lowerhouses and Almondbury.
The leaflets, claiming to be from “Helpmates Limited” and “European Suppliers Ltd”, ask householders to give unwanted clothes and gifts for the third world.
But, as discovered by the Examiner in October, 2006, the items are simply resold in Ukraine and other eastern European countries.
While the leaflets do not claim to be from charities they contain statements implying the donation will go to a good cause, such as: “(Company X) provides people in Third World countries with clothing they can afford.”
One “Helpmates” leaflet was picked up by Honley resident and Examiner columnist Denis Kilcommons.
He said: “The most annoying thing is the last line: God will reward for your good hearts. And presumably God will reward the collectors with cash when they sell it on a local market in Lithuania.”
David Lodge from West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “Make sure you read the leaflet carefully. If they’re purporting to be a charity that’s a matter in itself. But most, if you read the small print, say they are a company.
“If people want to give to charity go to the many recognised charities on the high street and give to them, not these collectors.”