ROGUE charity collectors around the borough have prompted a warning from authorities about bogus doorstep callers.

Householders are being urged by Midlands Air Ambulance and trading standards officers to be on their guard if they get a visit from an organisation calling itself Air Ambulance Service (Trading Co) Ltd.

The limited company is visiting homes across the midlands asking for donations of clothing, toys and mobile phones to be recycled and council bosses say it appears, at first hand, to be in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

The Midlands Air Ambulance has made it clear it has no association whatsoever with Air Ambulance Service (Trading Co) Ltd and the charity receives no funding from them.

Councillor David Stanley, Dudley cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “This bogus charity appears to be popping up across the Midlands. We have had five reports in different parts of the Dudley borough and we want to make it clear to our residents that none of the money donated to this organisation makes its way to the charity.

“We would advise people to note their details if available and report their visit to trading standards and police.”

Anyone wishing to donate clothing directly to Midlands Air Ambulance should do so only to an authorised Midlands Air Ambulance collector who will be able to show you their registered Charity Number 1001064 and official logo.