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Cheque donation scam warning from Charity Commission

first_imgCheque donation scam warning from Charity Commission  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 August 2006 | News The Charity Commission has warned charities to be wary of a bogus donation cheque scam, designed to defraud them of several thousand pounds.The bogus cheques, some of them for up to £6,000, have been sent to good causes across the UK, with a note asking the charity to return up to half the total donation to the fraudsters. If a charity falls for the scam and pays back half the money, they will find that the original cheque bounces, leaving them out of pocket. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis It is not a new scam, and online variations exist.The ‘Immaculate Miners Inc’ is one fraudulent company preying on charities in this way. Lancashire-based charity Deafway were one of their targets. Deputy Chief Executive at Deafway, John Williams said: “When we received the cheque we were delighted – such a large sum of money could really give a boost to our work – but also somewhat suspicious. An unsolicited donation with a ‘payback’ request rang alarm bells for us. “We contacted the Police, the Charity Commission and our local Trading Standards office and were told that, had we fallen for the scam, we could have been left seriously out-of-pocket.”David Locke, Head of Charity Services at the Charity Commission said: “Charities know that if a donation sounds too good to be true it probably is, but these fraudulent companies work hard to look as plausible as possible. Charities should treat requests to return part of a donation with great caution and never release funds before the donation cheque has cleared.”Charities who feel they may have been targeted with a similar scam should contact their local police, local Trading Standards office and the Charity Commission. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more