13 Aug 2022

Carlow residents warned about clothing collection scam after leaflets handed into hundreds of homes

Fake leaflet looking for donations for a breast cancer prevention programme

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Carlow residents be warned this is what the leaflet looks like

Carlow residents are being warned about a clothing collection scam after leaflets were handed into homes across the county.  

The fake leaflet is looking for donations for a breast cancer prevention programme.

It says: "If we are able to diagnose breast cancer early enough, we may be able to save women's lives.

"Please help by donating any type of ladies', gents' or children's clothes and shoes". 

The leaflet then asks that people leave the bag of unwanted clothes outside their house for collection on a specific day. 

Carlow County Council is asking people not to engage with the illegal waste collection.

The leaflet has an Intersecond Ltd logo on it but the company has confirmed they are in no way associated with the collection activity. 

They say that it is a scam and the collectors are using their logo illegally.

Cllr Will Paton said: "It's a huge scam - the collectors go through the bags of clothing etc. and take out anything they think they can sell for cash - the rest is waste and re-cycling companies can pay €500 for a tonne of waste clothing - so there is money to be made from the collection. And none it may ever go to a charity - which is the problem."

Any person who collects or deals with waste is obliged by law to have a valid waste collection permit and all waste must be deposited at a licenced site.

Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor said: "This flyer has arrived through hundreds of letterboxes throughout Carlow over the last few days. 

"Please be advised that this is not a genuine cause and chances are that it is an illegal waste collector.

"The number provided is not answered. There is no charity number and the company who's name was used issued the red message below.

"Please advise any of your friends and neighbours who have received this sticker not to engage with this collection. Please share widely."

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