Government alert for charities

Source: HM Government | | 17/12/2019

The Charity Commission is the non-ministerial department responsible for registering and regulating charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. The Commission has published an alert after receiving several reports from charities, who have been targeted by fraudsters impersonating members of staff, specifically attempting to change employees' bank details. In all these cases the request was made by email.

The Commission is advising charities to be wary of any requests to their HR department, finance department or staff with authority to update employees' bank details. These requests may be sent from a spoofed or similar email address to that of the subject being impersonated.

The following advice has been published by the Charity Commission:

  • review internal procedures regarding how employee details are amended and approved, especially those in relation to verifying validity
  • if an email is unexpected or unusual, do not click on the links or open the attachments.

It is also important that charities ensure they shred any confidential documents before throwing them away. Any charities that have been affected by fraud should report it to Action Fraud as well as to the Charities Commission as a serious incident.



 

Latest News

New guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work
22/01/2020 - More...
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new technical guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work. It replaces previous guidance published in

Don’t be taken in by this scam
21/01/2020 - More...
The Insolvency Service has warned that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been

Disclosing VAT errors
21/01/2020 - More...
Where an error on a past VAT return is uncovered, you have a duty to correct the error as soon as possible. As a general rule, you can use your current VAT return to make any

Search


Newsletter

With our newsletter, you automatically receive our latest news by e-mail and get access to the archive including advanced search options!

» Sign up for the Newsletter
» Login