Charity Commission warns charities of credit card scam

first_imgCharity Commission warns charities of credit card scam  56 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 June 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Based on information from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Charity Commission has alerted charities to a credit card scam and is advising them to look out for suspicious transactions.The scam involves a fraudster contacting a charity to let them know that they will donate a large sum of money. They will do this, however, only if the charity sends half of the donation to another specified charity. This turns out to be the personal bank account of the fraudster. The ‘donation’ is made using a stolen or compromised credit card. If the charity falls for the scam it will unwittingly have become involved in money laundering.Warning signs that charities should look out for include Advertisement unusually large amounts conditions complex banking and transfer arrangements or a donation which in reality is some kind of loan.Michelle Russell, Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Charity Commission said:“Fraud is a real threat to charities of all sizes – the National Fraud Authority’s 2013 Annual Fraud Indicator report shows that nearly one in ten charities with income over £100,000 have reported they have been the victim of fraud in the last financial year. Whilst this year’s report only sampled charities with income over £100,000, this is not to suggest that smaller charities do not experience fraud, as we know they do.”It is vital that all charities, whatever their size, do not become complacent and ensure they have financial controls and policies in place to both prevent fraud occurring, and deal with it when it does happen. Most donors are honest and genuinely want to help charities, but we need to be vigilant and stop the fraudsters.”If charities have concerns about a suspicious donation, they should report this to Action Fraud and the police. Charity trustees should also report serious incidents to the Commission as soon as they suspect them.Image: Credit card fraud by nobeastsofierce on Shutterstock.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Preview: Hearts versus Kotoko

first_imgIt’s another Super Clash in the Glo Premier League this weekend, the fixture most Ghanaians look out for as traditional rivals, Hearts of Oak come up against Asante Kotoko.On Sunday, the derby comes up at the Accra Sports Stadium.Hearts versus Kotoko might not be the title-shaping fixture it once was but the outcome could go have an effect on the title destination with the visitors, Kotoko in contention of defending the trophy they won last season.It will be intense filled with passion as either side keeps an eye on the big prize when the two sides go head-to-head once again in a game which does not look like ending in a draw.The build up to this game has seen both camps keep off the media but Kotoko’s letter to their opponents on Thursday to be given permission to open negotiations with Hearts captain, Mahatma Otoo has fueled expectation.If the move could distract the Phobians and their leader, who is the league’s top scorer with 13 goals will be evident wen they two teams meet. As the nation keeps an eye on the game in Accra, league leaders Medeama, who are ahead of Kotoko by just one point will still be interested in the outcome of that particular game as they also focus on their home game with Liberty Professionals.Berekum Chelsea, second on the standings will make the trip to the Gyamfi Park to face New Edubiase.Ebusua Dwarfs remain in the hunt for a top-four finish as they welcome an in-form Wa All Stars to the Robert Mensah Stadium.Another battle for a top-four place also continues in Dormaa where Aduana host AshantiGold in the clash between fifth and sixth on the log.The to scramble avoid relegation is on for Berekum Arsenal who sit just above the bottom side will attempt to win at the Golden City Park when Amidaus Professionals visit. At the Baba Yara Stadium, King Faisal and Heart of Lions with no title hopes will meet as either side try to push up the log.last_img read more

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