Public warned over bogus SVDP collector

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People in Derry have been warned about a bogus St Vincent De Paul charity collector.

Police say the bogus collector is in his 50’s, of large build, unshaven and wearing an earring in his left ear. It is understood the man is purporting to be collecting on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul charity.

“Police would advise the general public that if somebody calls to your shop or at your door unexpectedly selling goods or collecting for a charity, ask to see identification,” a PSNI spokeswoman says.

“If you are not entirely satisfied they are who they are claiming to be, call the free Quick Check number - 0800 0132290. A trained operator will contact the company the caller claims to represent to ensure that they are genuine. If they are not or the operator thinks there is anything suspicious, they will contact police immediately.”

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant and if you are concerned please call police on 0845 600 8000.