Spanish children's charity comes under fire for crap name

11 May 2011

a not-for-charity charity collection bag, yesterday.

Police and trading standards officers have been investigating claims that charity collection bags being delivered to hundreds of homes in South West England, Wales and the Midlands are, in fact just a scam to extract money from the unsuspecting and the gullible.

The ingenuity and guile of the officers in the 'Scambusters' team must be highly praised- after all, who could have believed that the charity "Bernhardos" was not, in fact, a Spanish charity for disadvantaged children. Apparently, the alarm was raised after confused householders were at risk of mistaking the bags for those destined for an actual charitable organisation. Like say, I don't know, Barnado's, perhaps.

The company behind Berhardos, and the imaginatively branded 'Breast Cancer' bags,  Sparco Ltd, is also being investigated under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, the Fraud Act 2006, the Companies Act 2006, the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the House to House Collections Act 1939.


TOPICS:   Scams


  • Bazinga
    Who are Barnado's?
  • Sam
    They were on I'm a celebrity a few years back I think.
  • PokeHerPete
    What? You mean I donated my iPad to a fraudulent company?
  • Matt H.
    The page layout on all the bitterwallet pages is messed up (IE7), there are 4 images at the top and a 5th on has now appeared over the top left of the article on the page so you can't read it...
  • Layout w.
    My money is on some fat-handedness and the compatability view button...
  • kv
    is that the one the McCanns set up to pay their mortgage with?

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