Next week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2021 (18 – 22 October) which aims to raise awareness and share best practice in tackling fraud and cybercrime in the charity sector.
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a rise in fraud and cybercrime against charities, so it’s crucial to be informed and aware of the dangers.
Cyber fraud is becoming increasingly common, with fraudsters impersonating people and organisations to trick you into believing they are genuine.
Only a few weeks ago HMRC warned charities to watch out for bogus tax rebate or refund requests.
Charities should stop and think before sending money or giving away information, they should not give out private information or reply to unexpected text messages and they should avoid downloading attachments or clicking on links in unsolicited texts or emails.
Charities that receive a request to change supplier bank details, make an urgent payment, or provide financial information, should stop and check it out before actioning the request.
It is vital to train staff and volunteers on how to spot potentially fraudulent requests, to be always alert and to proactively look out for anything they think is suspicious.
The Fraud Advisory Panel has launched a new website, www.preventcharityfraud.org.uk, and is organising webinars and blogs as part of this year’s focus on fraud.
Last year we supported the Charity Fraud Awareness campaign by sharing some tips on how charities can become fraud aware and remain safe online – you can read our tips by clicking here.