We are supporting the London-wide Support Charity Not Crime campaign to make sure people are not duped into giving to criminal or terrorist organisations when they donate cash to charity.
In Brent and London, fund-raisers require a licence from the police to collect in a public place and residents are encouraged to check that collectors have this. Collectors should always be willing to show a permit when raising money for charity.
On private property a licence is not required but the collector must have the owner's permission. Residents are being reminded that if they are thinking of putting money into a collection box in a shop, club or any other private place there are steps they can take to make sure the organisation which they are donating to is legitimate.
Advice includes checking the charity's name and registration number on the side of the box, bucket or collecting tin. This can be verified at the Charity Commission's website.
If in doubt ask the collector for more information - genuine fundraisers should always be happy to answer questions and explain more about the charity. Legitimate fund-raising materials should always feature the charity's name, registered name and a landline contact number. Residents should be wary of those materials that list only a mobile phone number.
If you suspect a collection or appeal is not legitimate you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or contact the Charity Commission.