Online scammers are sending fake invoices to charities, claiming to be from the Fundraising Regulator to cover Fundraising Preference Service costs.
The Fundraising Preference service allows people to control direct marketing from charities and is free for charities to access. The regulator says that online scammers are sending charities an invoice saying specifically that payment for the Fundraising Preference Service is due. It stresses that these are fake.
The regulator also made clear that it is sending out legitimate invoices for Year 3 of the fundraising levy (to charities that spend over £100,000 a year on fundraising). These will come from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fundraising Regulator is advising any charity that is concerned because they’ve received a spoof email asking for money for the Fundraising Preference Service to contact them on 0300 999 3407 or at email@example.com.
Scam reported to Action Fraud
The matter has also been reported to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.
“We are aware of an email scam being sent to charities, asking for money for the Fundraising Preference Service or saying that an invoice is due,” says a statement from the Fundraising Regulator.
“To clarify, we do not send out invoices for the Fundraising Preference Service, as the cost of this service is covered by the fundraising levy.”
The statement adds: “If you know of any other organisations you think might be affected by this email scam, please share this advice with them. We have reported this incident to Action Fraud.”
According to the latest Annual Fraud Indicator, charities and charitable trusts lost £2.3bn to fraud in the 12 months to November 2017. Over that period fraud cost the UK £190bn, the equivalent of £10,000 per family.
From: Charity Digital News