A Hailsham charity which refurbishes computers to support projects for people in need at home and abroad has been caught up in a cruel scam.
Computers for Charities, Ersham Road was promised over £500 by the Loughton, Essex based Toners Reunited. The firm offered payment to charities in exchange for unused printer toner cartridges.
Founder and chairman of Computers for Charities, Simon Rooksby said, “The whole experience started with great hope to raise much needed cash but has ended as a real shock and disappointment. We also need to extend apologies to all the donors who gave us their unused printer toner cartridges to help raise funds for a local children’s project.”
Simon told the Gazette, “We dropped the cartridges off at the Essex warehouse and started to sense there was a bit of a problem. No money was forthcoming and now we find the company’s website and telephone lines are defunct.”
Then Simon discovered he was not alone. “The firm’s website host Rubbercheese said they had received an awful lot of calls from people with the same problem. Like lots of other charities we are struggling to raise much-needed cash to benefit the needy and disadvantaged and we are reeling to discover it may all have been a scam.”
Several posts on the Money Saving Expert website confirm that these charities have been caught up in a fraud and no money has ever been paid out.
The Gazette was unable to contact Toners Reunited. Essex Police have been informed and are currently making enquiries but a spokeswoman said, “We advise people to thoroughly check out companies which make this kind of promise. This is devastating for well-meaning people who would like to think their generosity has helped people in need.”
ters for Charities started in 1992 and has supported projects in more than 100 countries. Thousands of computer systems have been upgraded, programmes such as African Schools on Line started and IT support given to UK voluntary organsiations.