At this time of year, genuine charities will be seeking donations.
However, fraudsters may seek to exploit the Xmas period with fake charities or, copycat websites of the genuine charity.
They may send out phishing communications using email, text and social media, in order to deceive you into believing they are genuine, which may result in clicking on a malicious link and submitting your bank information into a fake website and the possession of the criminal.
To check if a charity is registered, visit gov.uk/checkcharity and rather than click on a link, do some internet research and visit the genuine website if you want to donate. Before you enter bank card details into the webpage, ensure not only that the site is genuine, but the the web address in the top URL address bar displays HTTPS meaning the link between your device and the payment webpage is secure. The same applies for telephone numbers, I would suggest that you don’t call the number within the communication, instead, do your internet research and identify the genuine charity website and follow the donation options listed.
For more information visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/charities
Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Cyber Protect Officer
Serious & Organised Crime (Intelligence and Specialist Crime Department