The fraud used fake job adverts either emailed directly to victims or placed in newspapers in the United States and Canada. The adverts used text lifted from Quarriers’ website and asked people to help the charity by cashing cheques for it using their own bank accounts. Applicants are required to submit their account details, which the fraudsters then use to withdraw funds.
Lesley Miller, direct marketing manager at Quarriers, said she had received more than 400 emails from people who had fallen for the scam. She said a number of different names had appeared on the adverts since they began appearing earlier this year.
The adverts are becoming more and more professional,” she said. “We don’t know if it’s other people picking up on the scam, but the people involved must be making lots of money if they are prepared to pay for the cost of the adverts.”
Quarriers has been told by police that there is nothing it can do to stop the fraudsters except to advise victims to contact their local police.
Phil Robinson, chief executive, of Quarriers, said: “We are angry that fraudsters are using our name and history to take advantage of good people who believe these emails are a way to help children and young people in need. Quarriers never asks people to undertake financial transactions of this nature.”