Hartlepool hospice bosses say a bogus collector has been going door-to-door in the town and collecting cash in the organisation’s name.
It believed that the young woman carrying out the alleged fraud is aged between 16 and 18, with blonde hair.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page the hospice said: “We have received reports of a female described as being between 16-18 years of age with blonde hair knocking on doors in Hartlepool, claiming to be one of our lottery collectors.
“This person is not acting on behalf of the Hospice and appears to be attempting to fraudulently collect payments.
“All of our canvassers and collectors carry identification.
“Please be vigilant and always ask to see ID, if you are approached by anyone other than your regular collector.
“If you are in any doubt at all, please contact the Hospice.”
The Mail has asked Cleveland Police for comment on the alleged incident.