Workers from charitable organisation People Supporting People are warning Shepparton residents to keep an eye out for a woman falsely claiming to be collecting donations on their behalf.CHLOE WARBURTON September 2, 2014 4:18am
Be wary: People Supporting People volunteer supervisor Bev O'Neill and committee member Azem Elmaz with a vest like the imposter was wearing.
People Supporting People volunteer supervisor Bev O’Neill said she and fellow supervisor Faye James discovered on Sunday afternoon a woman had gone into a shop wearing a yellow People Supporting People vest and said she was collecting donations for the organisation.
‘‘The only donations we get are cheques, or in the tins we have at our soup kitchens and barbecues or at the shop (Lutfiyes Shish Kebab),’’ she said.
‘‘Faye and I have both been with People Supporting People for four years now and it upsets you to think someone is going around doing this.
‘‘We don’t know where she got the jacket from, we’ll have to go around to all our soup kitchens and collect the jackets and replace them with plain ones.’’
People Supporting People committee member and Lutfiyes Shish Kebab owner Azem Elmaz said it was disappointing to hear a woman was impersonating the organisation’s volunteers for her own gain.
‘‘We give our time and we’re there for anything,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m a bit disappointed, to be honest — upset and angry. On one hand, we do the best we can do for the community, and on the other hand someone is taking advantage of our work.’’
Shepparton police First Constable Jake Ferguson said if anyone was suspicious of someone claiming to represent a charitable organisation, they should ask for identification.
‘‘It’s very ordinary that someone is taking advantage of a charitable organisation like People Supporting People,’’ he said.
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