Tsunami (Fraud)

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on fraudulent attempts in Northern Ireland by persons claiming to seek donations destined for victims of the recent tsunami; what his assessment is of (a) the nature of this fraud and (b) how widespread it is; and what advice his Department has given to members of the public about making secure donations.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

As of 17 January, the police service of Northern Ireland noted one minor incident of fraudulent charity collection in connection with the tsunami disaster in Asia. The amount of money involved amounted to no more than £5.

General advice about giving only to registered charities and persons who hold collection permits was circulated by the police last week, via the media. This represented sensible precautions to be taken when contributing to charity appeals, and was not released in connection with any specific incident of fraudulent fund raising.

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