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Greater Manchester Police warn of fraudulent online fundraising pages

25th May 2017

  • Fraudsters take advantage of terror incidents with fake fundraising pages
  • Is your donation going to a registered charity?

In the wake of the Manchester attack on Monday evening, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is warning people to be cautious of online fundraising pages as it has emerged that fraudulent pages are being set up which request donations to support the families of the victims.

Spot the signs

Fraudulent fundraising websites often use topical events, such as a terror incident or natural disaster, to make it look like their charity has been created only recently in response, while the website may also be badly written or have spelling mistakes.

When you go to a donation page, fraudsters can record your credit or bank account details, so if you are unsure, seek further advice before donating any money.

Check before you give – advice from the Charity Commission:    

  • Be more cautious about people collecting for general charitable causes, such as ‘for sick children’ – make sure you’re giving to a registered charity.

  • When approached in person by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed and undamaged.

  • If in doubt, ask the collector for more information - a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.

  • Never feel under pressure by a fundraiser into making a donation immediately.

Donate to an official page

If you do wish to donate to a recommended appeal, GMP is advising people to visit the official Just Giving page set up by the Manchester Evening News in partnership with the British Red Cross.

If you do not wish to give to the recommended appeal, the Charity Commission urges you to make sure you are still giving to a registered charity. Do to this, check for a charity registration number. You can verify this on the register of charities.

Report it

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report to Action Fraud. For up to date fraud and cyber crime alerts, please follow Action Fraud on Twitter and Facebook.