Charity Commission warns charities after US foundations report attempted scam

The regulator says the foundations were contacted with news of a large donation from a non-existent charity in a bid to obtain their bank details

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has warned charities to be vigilant after several foundations in the US were contacted by a fake UK charity that was trying to obtain their bank details.

The regulator said today that it had contacted Action Fraud, the fraud and internet crime reporting centre, after being alerted to the scam by several religious foundations in the US.

It said the foundations had been contacted with news that they were due a large gift or donation from an organisation claiming to be a UK-registered charity, which did not exist, in a bid to obtain their bank details.

It said that in some instances the fraudster used false documentation showing parts of the Charity Commission’s logo and a forged staff signature.

The commission said it would not be releasing the name of the fake charity. A commission spokeswoman said it had no evidence that charities in the UK had been targeted, but it wanted to alert UK organisations to the scam.

The regulator said that anyone who receives correspondence falsely claiming to be from a genuine charity should report this to the commission and to Action Fraud.

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