Fake air ambulance leaflet warning issued round Nottingham

July 17, 2011 by  

Residents of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are being warned not to be duped by a fake flyer that asks for clothing donations to support a local air ambulance service.

This misleading flyer has been distributed to homes throughout the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire regions. Many legitimate charities use clothing collections as a way to raise funds for their efforts, but residents are warned that this time, the company asking for donations has nothing to do with the air ambulance service. The people behind this scam are using traditional methods of communication to increase their profits, such as creating the leaflets they have distributed using flyer printing. Nottingham and Lincoln residents are advised to ignore the appeal and to warn others about the fake campaign.

A warning had been issued by the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, saying that the scheme appears to be

“A profit making company trading on the good name of the air ambulance.”

Peter Aldrick is the Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust. He recently told the BBCP:

“Despite first impressions, these people are not from a registered charity, and they have no connection with any air ambulance service operating within the UK.”

The flyer does not give any information about what the company do or where the air ambulance is located, which is what first roused suspicions amongst local residents. The fraudulent clothing collection and related activity has been reported to Trading Standards and The Police, and The Charity Commission has also been made aware of the activity.