Vote-rigging ploy fails to fix survey

An attempt to rig the outcome of an online vote to decide which four charities should receive a slice of £33,000 has been uncovered by the poll's organisers

The vote was organised by personal finance website, which aims to donate at least £100,000 a year to charity.

Martin Lewis, founder of the site, said suspicious voting patterns were noticed and monitored but did not affect the result.

"We don't think it affected the top four," he said.

More than 36,000 votes were cast. The winners were: Help for Heroes, the charity for injured military personnel, with 7,770 votes; overseas aid charity Shelterbox, with 6,511; debt adviser Cap UK, with 4,146; and Samaritans, with 3,898.

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