Nick Smith MP is joining the campaign to ensure Blaenau Gwent’s festive spirit isn’t taken advantage of by the conmen this Christmas.

The Blaenau Gwent MP has added his support to the Safe Xmas campaign, which is aiming to protect people who are looking to donate during the holiday season.

Developed by the Charity Commission and Fundraising Standards Board, the campaign includes a festive tip checklist to ensure the money is going to the right places.

Speaking as the campaign is launched across the country, Mr Smith said Christmas was a critical time for charity giving.

“Many charities are relying on money raised in the winter months to fund services throughout the year”, he said.

“While charity fraud is rare, there are some people who try to abuse the generosity of others, cheating supporters and genuine charities out of much-needed donations.”

Mr Smith has been campaigning for the consumer throughout 2014, including backing Age Cymru’s Stop the Scammers campaign since its inception in March.

“Scam artists are most likely to target our most vulnerable members of society, but they’ll use any trick they can to prise money out of unsuspecting people”, he said.

“Charity can bring out the best in all of us, but just because we have good intentions that doesn’t mean they do.

“Make sure to take precautions and if in doubt, go support your favourite charity directly instead”.

The Safe Xmas guidelines:

S – search for a charity’s name, registration number and landline on fundraising materials

A – ask to see a collector’s ID badge and don’t be afraid to ask questions

F – find the FRSB tick logo, showing that the charity’s fundraising is regulated

E – ensure the collection device is sealed

X – xtra information about charities can be found at

M – make sure clothing collection bags are clearly branded with a charity’s details

A – always check email and web links are genuine before donating

S – still unsure? Contact your favourite charity direct and donate

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