A SUSPECT has been arrested by police investigating reports of a mother and children falsely claiming to be charity collectors.
The 31-year-old woman has been released on bail until August 17.
As reported previously by the Herald, residents in Shoreham and Southwick called police a while ago about being contacted on their doorsteps and asked for money.
“In each case the person visiting has been a woman and has had with her up to three children. One of the children has knocked on the door and told the resident they are collecting for charity,” said a police spokesman.
“However the charity named by the callers has changed – on some occasions the RSPCA has been named and on others it has been local schools – so police believe the collectors to be taking money for themselves.”
The woman was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences.
PC Laura Mitchell said: “Since our previous appeal I have been contacted by a number of people who have said that they have been visited by the offender.
“I am very grateful for their help and would urge anyone else who thinks they have been defrauded by someone who visited them at home to contact me.
“I would also urge residents to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with visitors on their doorsteps. Official charity collectors will have ID and will be willing to show you it so do not be ashamed about asking to see it.”
Anyone with information should email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 905 of July 1, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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