Fake RNLI Southport fundraisers have been cold-calling at homes in the area, asking for money and bank account details.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have launched a warning to Southport residents – urging them not to give out these details if someone comes knocking at their door pledging the donation is for the RNLI.
Helen Whitehill, Chair of RNLI Southport, said: “The impression we are getting from the complainants is, wrongly, that this money is for the RNLI.
“We would like to make it clear that the RNLI do not collect personal information or request money at people’s doors. This is not being done on behalf of the RNLI.”
The RNLI Lifeboat at Southport began as a rescue service in 1860, but was removed again in 1925.
Now based at Lytham, Southport has coverage from the RNLI through trained and managed lifeguards, with most rescues in Southport and Ainsdale occuring after people get into difficulty on the beach, Marine Lake or tidal areas.
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