Charity Fraud Awareness Week to include focus on cyber fraud

The week will run from 22 to 26 October

A cyber fraud webinar and a cyber security seminar are among the events being staged to help charities take on new technological threats during Charity Fraud Awareness Week later this month.

The awareness week, which runs from 22 to 26 October, will also cover fraud in grants, donations and legacies, and insider fraud, and will give guidance on how to move money safely. It is the Charity Fraud Awareness Week and is organised by an international partnership of more than 40 charities, regulators, professional representative bodies and not-for-profit stakeholders led by the Fraud Advisory Panel. In the UK, this also includes the Charity Commission, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, which will be promoting the week using the hashtag #CharityFraudOut.

The main aims of the week are to raise awareness of the key risks affecting the sector, promote and share good counter-fraud practices and promote honesty and openness about fraud.

The five topics are give prominence on specific days, with seminars, webinars and online resources being made available. All are free. The National Cyber Security Centre is providing a pre-recorded webinar on cyber fraud that will be available on 22 October, to be followed on 24 October by a two-hour seminar on cyber security from the accountancy firm Raffingers, in London. A practical guide on moving money safely online and in person will be available on 26 October.

The week ends with a live Q&A webinar offering practical tips and advice on reducing fraud. On the panel will be Alan Bryce, head of development, counter fraud and cyber crime at the Charity Commission, Jo Pearce, income protection officer at Help for Heroes, Dave Carter, head of counter fraud management at the British Council, Pesh Framjee, partner and global head of non profits at Crowe, and Brendan Weekes, a trustee at the Fraud Advisory Panel.

Mia Campbell, head of the Fraud Advisory Panel, said: "Cyber crime is a growing threat to all organisations, charities included.

"This means that wise charities take cyber security seriously to keep their money, people and information safe. By taking some simple precautions it is possible to thwart many of the most common attacks."

In the build-up to the week, the panel has created a supporters pack that gives details on how charities can get involved, campaign assets including social media banners and posters, and links to other resources.

Charities are also being invited to apply for one of 12 places on an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist course, starting in January. Applications must be made by 2 November. More details on this and the full schedule of events and resources can be found on the Fraud Advisory Panel website

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