Don’t fall for child welfare money scams

2012-12-14 00:00

THE Pietermaritzurg Child Welfare has warned the public not to fall victim to companies who claim to collect money on their behalf.

Last month, The Witness reported that the organisation is in dire financial need and if it doesn’t get a cash injection soon, it might close its doors at the end of next year.

PMB Child Welfare director Julie Todd said after the article was published, they received calls from fundraisers who wanted to raise funds for them.

She said some of the fundraisers would do the job on condition that they would keep 50% of every donation they get.

Despite the fact that the organisation made no agreement with any of the fundraisers, Child Welfare has since been receiving calls from businesses and individuals claiming that they have donated money to the organisation.

Todd said the money these businesses were talking about has not reached her organisation. “The [fundraisers] who have been collecting money from the donors are based in Pietermaritzburg and they would say they are calling from Child Welfare, but wouldn’t clarify that they are not from this one,” Todd said.

An elderly woman from Montrose received a call from fundraisers who asked her to donate money for Child Welfare and she did. But she has been receiving more calls asking her for more money.

Her family called PMB Child Welfare to tell them their mother did not have any more money. However, the money she donated went to another child welfare, not the Pietermaritzburg one.

Todd said this was an “irritation especially when businesses phone and are adamant that they have given us money and they didn’t”.

“People need to ask if the money is for Maritzburg Child Welfare.”

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