Bogus collection bags, claiming to be from a charity for injured soldiers, are being left on Ilkeston doorsteps, Trading Standards say.
Anyone who receives one of the fake bags, purporting to be from Troop Aid, is being urged to dispose of them and let the charity know.
A spokesman from Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards said reports of the bags have been confined to the Ilkeston area, so far.
“Following checks by our Trading Standards team they were found not to be genuine and therefore any goods donated in these bags will not raise money to help the charity,” she said.
A spokesman from Troop Aid said that the real bags that the charity leaves on doorsteps, which ask for unwanted clothing, should contain a Union flag design and contain the registered charity number 1123888 and the name Midlands Textile Ltd.
“Troop Aid is not associated with any other company collecting unwanted clothing,” she said.
Call the charity on 0845 5577682 if you receive one of the fake bags, pictured here.