Charity Fraud Awareness Week details announced

An international partnership of charities and regulators will use the awareness raising event to warn of the threats posed by fraudsters.

Joe Lepper | 17th Sep 18

A week of promotional activity is to take place next month to raise awareness among charities of the threat of fraud and cyber-crime.

Charity Fraud Awareness Week (22-26 October) will include specific themes on each day of activity, including cyber-fraud, grant fraud, and the importance of due diligence and partnerships working to combat this form of crime.

Insider fraud, crimes involving donations and legacies and how to move money safely are also addressed during the week.

Charities will also be offered advice on how to spot the warning signs of fraud, how to protect charities, donors, funders and beneficiaries and how to report charity fraud to the relevant regulators and law enforcement agencies.

Charity Fraud Awareness Week is being led by an international partnership of more than 40 charities, regulators and professional representative bodies including the Charity Commission, Fraud Advisory Panel, Oxfam and Macmillan.

Supporters pack available

Ahead of the week the social media hashtag #CharityFraudOut has been created to generate online conversations about fraud.

In addition, a supporters pack has been made available for charities and other organisations, such as accountants, containing suggested social media activity, digital assets and a campaign timeline.

Mia Campbell, Head of the Fraud Advisory Panel, said: “It is in the interests of every charity to be cyber-savvy and alert to the ever-present threat of online fraud.

“Charity Fraud Awareness Week encourages charities to share their insights, knowledge and experiences to make the sector a more unattractive target to fraudsters.”

Charities and trusts lost £2.3bn to fraud in the year ending November 2017, according to the latest Annual Fraud Indicator.