UK charity watchdog urges caution over scammers targeting Ramadan donors
The UK charity watchdog has warned donors to watch out for fraudsters when donating money to good causes during Ramadan.
The Charity Commission warns people to beware of fake appeal websites and emails claiming to be from legitimate charities.
He gave advice to donors to check whether the charity and fundraising request is legitimate before donating funds.
It is estimated that more than £130million will be donated to charities in the UK during Ramadan.
“The generosity of British Muslims, particularly during Ramadan, is remarkable,” said Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the Charity Commission.
“It is vital that these substantial donations reach the causes for which they are intended, to strengthen communities and improve lives at home and abroad.
“That’s why we urge everyone to follow our simple steps to make sure their money is going where it thinks it should. Donating to a registered charity is a good way to feel confident about it.”
He encourages people to check the name and registration number of the aid group at gov.uk/checkcharity and ensure the charity is genuine before giving out financial information.
“While most online and in-person fundraising is genuine, fraudsters and criminals may try to take advantage of this unprecedented generosity,” the commission said.
“This may include fake calling websites, email calls that misuse charity names, or calls from fake charities.
“Beware of unsolicited emails from charities you’ve never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links in them,” he said. .
“Use the same caution as with any other transaction on the Internet, for example, to make an online donation, visit the charity’s website and always type the website address yourself into the browser .
“Take your time asking a fundraiser questions and checking street fundraiser ID badges and ignoring donation requests through a money transfer company.”
Updated: April 11, 2022, 11:34 a.m.