Fake collectors ask where the wealthy live

Last updated 05:00 31/03/2014

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Bogus charity collectors door-knocking Masterton residents asking where "wealthy" people live have prompted a warning from police.

Police are hunting the charity scammers who appeared to have been exploiting the Blind Foundation's Red Puppy street appeal which took place at the weekend to raise money in support of its guide dog service.

Sergeant Richard Day said a Masterton resident called police after a man and woman had knocked on her door on Saturday. The pair are described as a tall, slim male in his mid-20s and a female in her late teens, both European.

Day said they were not wearing the charity's red regalia and their line of questioning made the intended victim suspicious. Police believed the duo were not locals. "They were asking where the ‘wealthy' areas in Masterton were."

The Blind Foundation could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Police reminded donors that charities had designated collecting areas and anyone who could not prove their affiliation should be treated with caution.

"Be vigilant if people come knocking on your door. Ask for ID and if you're not sure who they're with, ask the charity, and if they don't know them tell police and we'll get to the bottom of it."

Police also issued a warning after a man pretending to be a Buddhist monk solicited donations from Wellingtonians on the street.

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- The Dominion Post

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