Civil Society - Government warns of Charities and Donors at Risk of Fraud amid Pandemic02-Nov-2020
Criminals have stolen over £3 Million from charities during the pandemic, according to the Charity Commission.
The regulator says it received over 600 reports of fraud and cybercrime between March and September: these included concerns about people setting up fake charities to attract donations and staff diverting charitable funds into their own bank accounts.
The Charity Commission warned that the “true scale” of fraud is likely to be far higher as incidents are under-reported.
National newscaster Civil Society provides more details about this, going on to report that the figures have been released at beginning of Charity Fraud Awareness Week, and the Charity Commission has published advice and resources to help trustees protect their organisations to protect against fraud, including updating and promoting counter-fraud policies, strengthening financial controls, and encouraging everyone involved with charities to challenge unusual activity and behaviour.