People are being urged to follow simple steps to avoid being scammed.

Although charity scams are small in number, the charity sector generates an annual income of nearly £75 billion, making it an attractive target for criminals.

The Charity Commission is asking people to take on checks such as checking ID badges.

Here are some of their top tips:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number www.gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
  • Ask the collector for more information if in doubt.
  • Never feel under pressure by a fundraiser into making a donation immediately.
  • Exercise the same caution every time you’re looking to support or donate to a charity.