Donations that really are too good to be true: the latest donation scam

The Serious Organised Crime Agency has recently uncovered a series of scams, which see charities and other not-for-profit organisations unwittingly used as conduits for money laundering activities.

The fraudsters operate by offering charities large donations on the condition that a proportion of the donation is then sent by that charity to a separate charity in a different country. The ‘other charity’ or second body is actually the fraudster’s own personal bank account. The Charity Commission has warned that the sum donated is paid using a fraudulently obtained credit card. When it becomes apparent the card has been compromised, the sum is claimed back from the charity…

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