BOGUS charity collectors in Brighouse have been accused of “robbing” people with heart conditions.
The British Heart Foundation has received reports of men in a white van falsely claiming to be collecting clothes for its shop on Commercial Street.
BHF spokeswoman Caroline Usher said: “Stealing bags that have been left out for our charity is akin to robbing people with heart conditions of a better quality of life.”
She said there had been several reports of bogus collectors asking householders to donate clothing and textiles or taking stock bags left out for collection.
“These collectors are working for commercial gain, with none of the proceeds going to charity,” she added.
BHF collectors can be identified from the charity’s logos on vans.
Collectors carry identification cards.
Shops will confirm if legitimate collections are taking place in certain areas.
All profits raised from goods donated to the BHF go directly to fighting heart disease.
Miss Usher added: “Household appeals are a vital source of income for our BHF shops.
“We would urge all householders to be aware of suspicious activity to ensure that their donations reach their intended recipient.
“Householders should report any suspicious activity immediately to the police.”