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New guide to help charities avoid COVID-19 fraud

THE Fraud Advisory Panel, Cancer Research UK, the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Charity Finance Group, the National Cyber Security Centre and Small Charities Coalition have come together to publish the new helpsheet to highlight the steps charities should take to protect themselves from falling victim to fraud.

A post-COVID economic downturn could bring 12 to 18 months of new challenges, fresh uncertainties and a heightened risk of fraud for charities, the group warns.

David Clarke, Chair of the Fraud Advisory Panel, said:

“Changes to working practices because of the pandemic have created new opportunities for fraudsters and cybercriminals to exploit. Even as circumstances change, the main way for charities to stay safe is to get the basics right. This helpsheet provides vital information on what to look out for and how to protect your charity.”

Alan Bryce, Head of Counter Fraud and Cybercrime at the Charity Commission for England and Wales, said:

“The problem of fraud against charities is not going away. If anything, the pandemic has made the threat even greater. This is why our helpsheet is a must-read for anybody who wants to understand the fraud threats charities now face and more importantly, how to do something about them.”

The helpsheet is available here.

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