Charity Fraud Awareness Week (18 – 22 October 2021) is an award-winning campaign run by a partnership of charities, regulators, law enforcers, representative and umbrella bodies, and other not-for-profit stakeholders from across the world. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of fraud and cybercrime affecting the sector and to create a safe space for charities and their supporters to talk about fraud and share good practice.
Why is it important?
In recent weeks, a number of local Age UKs have reported that they have been victims of cybercrime. All charities are susceptible to fraud and can be targeted. Those providing services and supporting local communities may be especially vulnerable to fraudsters attempting to exploit current national and global crises to carry out fraud and cybercrime. This means that now – more than ever – charities need to be fraud aware and take steps to protect their money, people and assets from harm.
Preventing Charity Fraud
As part of Charity Fraud Awareness Week, a website called ‘Preventing Charity Fraud’ has been set up to provide a range of helpful resources to help you protect your organisation. This includes:
- information, advice and practical tools to help you fight fraud and stay safe from harm
- free e-learning modules
- templates (coming soon)
To find out more, visit www.preventcharityfraud.org.uk