NDIS Criterion
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Finance

Fake Charity Scams on the Rise


Tuesday, 14th July 2015 at 12:44 pm
Lina Caneva, Editor
The number of fake charities scamming money from vulnerable Australians is on the increase, according to new figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Tuesday, 14th July 2015
at 12:44 pm
Lina Caneva, Editor


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Fake Charity Scams on the Rise
Tuesday, 14th July 2015 at 12:44 pm

The number of fake charities scamming money from vulnerable Australians is on the increase, according to new figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The ACCC has urged people not to send money to strangers after $45 million has been reported lost to a variety of scammers already this year from 45,000 complaints made, including a rise in the number of fake charity complaints.

The latest ACCC monthly figures on the impact of fake charity scammers shows that almost $8500 was scammed in June from unsuspecting donors by fake charities – with the most common scam carried out over the phone (67 per cent).

The new monthly figures have been released as part of the ACCC launch of a new Scamwatch website which allows the public to report scams.

The June figures show a jump from the $3150 scammed by reported fake charities in May and a more significant jump since April when losses of just $525 were reported to the ACCC.

The figures show that email charity scams are running at just over 10 per cent of all fake charity approaches, with personal asks for money at around 9 per cent.

The ACCC said scammers impersonate genuine charities and ask for donations or contact people claiming to collect money for relief efforts after natural disasters.

“Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it,” ACCC Acting Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia. There's no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam and all of us may be vulnerable to a scam at some time.

“For the first time, the ACCC has published data on common scams that are causing the most harm in Australia, which will be updated every month on Scamwatch. This tool will help you keep one step ahead of the scammers.

“When dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it's over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is."

The new Scamwatch site says fake charity approaches occur all year round and often take the form of a response to real disasters or emergencies, such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes and bushfires.

“Scammers will pose as either agents of legitimate well-known charities or create their own charity name. This can include charities that conduct medical research or support disease sufferers and their families,” the Scamwatch site said.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

New Authority to Oversee Fundraising Code

Wendy Williams

Thursday, 19th October 2017 at 8:28 am

Email’s Role in Building Public Trust for Charities

Contributor

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 at 7:30 am

POPULAR

Disability Advocacy Group Fights to Restore State Funding

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 8:37 am

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Donors Looking for a Personalised Experience to Give More – Study

Lina Caneva

Wednesday, 8th November 2017 at 1:43 pm

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


NDIS Criterion
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!