Finance: Web is 'like the wild west', smaller charities warned

Helen Warrell

An IT expert at the Salvation Army has warned smaller charities to be aware of the rising number of internet scams to which they are vulnerable.

Martyn Croft, head of corporate systems at Salvation Army UK told Third Sector that charity employees were increasingly at risk of receiving spam emails that contain malware - attachments that download malicious viruses onto PCs. These viruses can then track the user's activities and store sensitive donor details or bank information.

Croft described the dangers of charity-related 'phishing' attacks - emails that typically inform recipients about a recent humanitarian disaster and direct them to a bogus website to make donations, which are siphoned off by fraudsters.

"Computer security is not something small charities can just ignore," Croft continued. "They have to take advice from IT professionals and look at assessing the risks. The world wide web is more like the wild wild west."

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