Barnardos warns of bogus callers

Yesterday Barnardos issued a Bogus Fundraisers Alert for the Castleknock/Coolmine area.

It has been brought to the attention of Barnardos children’s charity that a small number of bogus fundraisers have been 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 Barnardos or looking for sponsorship for a run. If a member of the public is unsure as to whether the fundraiser is legitimate, Barnardos would advise that they ask for identification and a letter of authentication which is provided by Barnardos to genuine fundraisers.

Barnardos depend on the support of official fundraisers and door-to-door direct debit fundraisers to raise vital funds for the charity. The children’s charity encourages anyone who is suspicious or uncomfortable of a caller at their door to contact 1850 222 300 where the Barnardos fundraising team holds a list of active fundraisers who have registered with them.

A legitimate Barnardos door-to-door direct debit fundraiser will:

  • Never ask for cash at the door
  • Always provide official direct debit mandates to the values of €12/€15/€21 per month
  • Wear a green Barnardos t-shirt (or a white t-shirt with a Barnardos 50 Years logo)
  • Have a folder with information on Barnardos
  • Have photo ID around their necks which should be on display

In addition, Barnardos is asking for anyone who notices suspicious activity to report it to their local Gardai and to Barnardos.