MEN have been seen dressed as superheroes selling fake charity raffle tickets in Windsor.
The men were found on Peascod Street selling tickets for a raffle Suffolk-based charity over the last two weeks, The Happiness Foundation, almost a year since a similar scam was used in the town involving the charity’s name.
The charity’s CEO and founder Kath Temple said: “It’s very distressing really. They have been doing this for almost four years all over the country.
“We are just a little organisation, and they’re taking advantage of a nice name.
“We have reports from all over the country of people who have been scammed in this way.
“I set up the charity after my brother died – I believe in goodbad coming from badgood in this way – but these people are just taking advantage.”
Will Hayes, 31 of Alma Road, Windsor, was one of those duped into buying one of the tickets and paid £10 for it.
He said: “A man out in the open dressed as a superhero was approaching people saying they could win a holiday to Venice or £500.
“He was giving people a back story about how his child has autism and the charity helps him with his anxiety.
“But afterwards I thought something wasn’t right.”
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “Windsor Neighbourhood Policing Team is aware of reports in the past week of men in Windsor town centre selling fake raffle tickets claiming to be working for a local charity.
“We are taking this matter very seriously, and are in the early stages of gathering evidence and working with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Trading Standards in our investigation.
“We urge the public when giving to charity or buying raffle tickets in the street, to check for identification of the person to make sure they work for the charity or organisation they claim to be from.”
Report incidents to PC Jones at Windsor Neighbourhood Policing Team.