A SCAM to trick people into sending Children In Need cash to a bogus fundraiser has surfaced in Huddersfield.
Officials from the charity believe it may be part of a large-scale con to reap countless thousands of pounds.
Flyers claiming to be from a Children In Need fundraiser in Cheshire have been posted to homes in Huddersfield.
Police were alerted when someone in Almondbury complained they thought it was a trick.
Concerned officers contacted Children In Need organisers in London, who have confirmed the fund-raiser is not working for them and revealed the scam had also come to light in Scotland.
They have urged people not to send off money and the police have backed their plea.
Kate Power, head of marketing and PR for Children In Need, said the flyer was full of information that had been in a magazine called Healthspan.
The person trying to get the money, D Jarvis, had asked for cheques and postal orders made payable to D Jarvis to be sent to PO Box 742, Cheshire, WA5 8WS.
The flyer claims to be trying to raise £1m for Children In Need this Christmas - but there is no such definitive appeal running as people can pay into Children In Need all year round.
Kate said: "All cheques should be made payable to Children In Need and sent to us or paid through a bank or building society.
"The name D Jarvis and the PO box number mean nothing to us.
"Healthspan magazine has been having a fundraising appeal for us and hopes to bring in £200,000.
"The person behind this flyer has cut and pasted that inf- ormation and then added their own details."
Sgt Tim O'Sullivan, of Huddersfield Police, said: "There is no address or phone number on the flyer to contact D Jarvis. We are now investigating and would urge people to bin any flyers they receive."
* To make a donation to Children In Need call the helpline on 0845 733 2233, pay at banks, building societies or post offices or send a cheque payable to Children In Need to Children In Need, PO Box 76, London, W3 6FS.