SCAMMERS are trying to cash in on the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by selling poppy-related items on-line for profit.
Cheshire police and crime commissioner John Dwyer said the scam had been brought to his attention and he is warning people to be on their guard.
“It may not be the time of year when people are thinking of buying a poppy to support the fallen, but this scam shows that criminals are prepared to capitalise on people’s good will,” he said. “It is disgraceful.
“People are giving their money in good faith thinking that it is going to a good cause. I urge people not to buy from these companies.”
The scam was brought to the Royal British Legion’s attention by Trading Standards.
Phil Reade, vice chairman of Cheshire Royal British Legion, said: “I am appalled that unscrupulous companies are prepared to sell poppy badges, mugs, t-shirts and even wall plaques on-line for profit.
“The Royal British Legion campaigns tirelessly throughout the year, not just at Armistice Day in November to support our armed forces past and present.”