Undercover dating

31-Dec-2020 04:44

An undercover reporter spent 12 days working for Tag, which uses the innovative ­fundraising technique, and witnessed a series of apparent breaches of the regulatory code, which is intended to protect the public from harassment or exploitation.On this occasion, Tag was fundraising on behalf of Marie Curie but other clients have included WWF and the RSPCA, and the investigation targeted only Tag, not the charities it worked for.Our spot checks have uncovered professional standards issues with their fundraisers.We have uncovered rule breaches.” Marie Curie said it was never made aware by the PFRA of concerns over Tag campaigns before hiring the company for the first time for “a pilot project to test a new way of fundraising”.“On the evidence I have been shown this seems to be a clear breach of the law,” said Mr Mc Lean, referring to the failure to make the full financial disclosure.And after being shown one video example of a Tag team leader attempting to stop an elderly shopper in the street, who is waving him away, he said: “They are breaking every rule in the book.” The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA), which monitors the industry, also said that Tag appeared to be breaking the law by failing to make proper financial disclosures to donors.I teach Social Psychology in Year 2, and teach on Psychology and Law options in Year 3.

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Fabian French, the director of fundraising for Marie Curie, said: “We welcome this investigation by The Sunday Telegraph. We are disappointed by these allegations and have launched an immediate investigation.” Eric Pickles, the Local Government and Communities Secretary, whose department has ultimate responsibility for high street fundraising, said: “These are extremely serious allegations that need fully investigating. Allegations that the public have been misled risk shattering people’s confidence and trust in charitable giving.

“These allegations raise the questions about whether we need statutory regulation to ensure chuggers work within very tight parameters.” Two pieces of legislation, the 19 Charities Acts, say that professional ­fundraisers who ask for a donation — which the text message qualifies as — must explain what they are being paid and how much their organisation receives for the campaign. The information is contained on the reverse side of a badge worn around the chuggers’ necks.

I have published more than 500 articles and book chapters to date, mainly on these subjects.

My book Detecting lies and deceit: pitfalls and opportunities (a revised second edition of my 2000 Detecting Lies and Deceit book, and published by Wiley in January 2008) is a comprehensive text about deception and lie detection.

It also gives guidelines on how to improve lie detection.

Fabian French, the director of fundraising for Marie Curie, said: “We welcome this investigation by The Sunday Telegraph. We are disappointed by these allegations and have launched an immediate investigation.” Eric Pickles, the Local Government and Communities Secretary, whose department has ultimate responsibility for high street fundraising, said: “These are extremely serious allegations that need fully investigating. Allegations that the public have been misled risk shattering people’s confidence and trust in charitable giving.

“These allegations raise the questions about whether we need statutory regulation to ensure chuggers work within very tight parameters.” Two pieces of legislation, the 19 Charities Acts, say that professional ­fundraisers who ask for a donation — which the text message qualifies as — must explain what they are being paid and how much their organisation receives for the campaign. The information is contained on the reverse side of a badge worn around the chuggers’ necks.

I have published more than 500 articles and book chapters to date, mainly on these subjects.

My book Detecting lies and deceit: pitfalls and opportunities (a revised second edition of my 2000 Detecting Lies and Deceit book, and published by Wiley in January 2008) is a comprehensive text about deception and lie detection.

I was awarded my Ph D in 1991 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and came to the UK in 1994, when I joined the Psychology Department as a Senior Lecturer.