Bogus charity collector targets Guildford couple

An incident in which a bogus charity collector nearly cheated a woman out of £5,000 has led police to warn Surrey residents to be on their guard.

Officers said the woman and her husband were approached outside their Guildford home by a man claiming to be collecting for the Anthony Nolan Trust.

She gave a £10 cheque for the leukaemia charity, but was later told by her bank the name and amount had been altered.

Police said they were concerned the man could commit more offences.

Officers said the man was carrying a sponsorship sheet which had a number of names and addresses on it.

The suspect, who told the couple he was raising money for the charity because he had a child with leukaemia, was described as white, aged 35 to 45, slim, quite tall, with very light brown hair, a gap in his teeth, and a southern accent.

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