Charity Commission Issues Scam Warning

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The Charity Commission has today issued a warning about scams reminding charities and the public to be vigilant and look out for fraudsters attempting to obtain their bank details.

This has been issued because it came to the Charity Commission’s attention that a number of US-based Foundations were contacted regarding large gifts or donations from a charity, which was registered in the UK. As this organisation was not in fact a charity, this was an attempt to obtain information such as bank details. The fraudster in question is reported to have even used false documents where the Charity Commission logo was partially displayed and a forged staff signature.

Even though it is not reported that charities in the UK have been contacted, the Charity Commission advises that before giving any information, especially information of a financial nature, trustees can search the Charity Commission Search Tool, which provides information for all registered charities. Additionally, the Commission advises that trustees who receive information falsely claiming to be from the Charity Commission, should report this to the Charity Commission and Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

If you would like further information about this warning, please visit the Charity Commission website. Additionally, if you have been affected by a similar issue and would like advice, please contact Daniel Milnes.

Nat Avdiu

About Nat Avdiu

Nat Avdiu is a Paralegal in the Contracts and Projects team at Forbes Solicitors. Nat provides updates for clients on a range of issues including: governance, data protection and freedom of information, procurement and charity law.
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