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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


Busy consumers ripe for new ways to pay

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Time is one of our most valuable assets. This sentiment remains true for most Americans, whether we’re working, playing or shopping.To learn more about consumer sentiment among early adopters of EMV chip cards, Harbortouch, a merchant services provider, recently surveyed nearly 5,000 U.S. consumers.Nearly half (44 percent) of those polled said they’d be open to purchasing goods while standing in line instead of waiting to reach the checkout, so long as it sped up the purchasing process. Speed is so important, in fact, survey respondents value it over security. Nearly four times as many consumers are more concerned about quicker processing times than EMV security or availability of EMV terminals.The checkout-in-line options given to survey participants included mobile payments and “line-busting,” in which employees meet shoppers in line and process their transaction with handheld card readers (think Apple Store). Notably, 66 percent of those consumers surveyed believe traditional swipe cards are the fastest way to pay. Of course, 33 percent were completely unaware of the concept of paying in line. continue reading »last_img read more


Bucks’ Sterling Brown plans on working with police after stun-gun incident

first_img Bucks’ Nikola Mirotic recruited Pau Gasol, told him team was ‘special’ The incident occurred on Jan. 26, 2018, when Brown made what he expected to be a brief stop at a local Walgreens. He parked in a handicap space. He then talked with officers while waiting for a citation outside of the store around 2 a.m. when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered. An officer yelled: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”Police later released body-camera footage that showed the interaction. Brown spoke on the same day the Bucks and Kings hosted a summit bringing awareness to social injustice ahead of their Saturday matchup. The summit also focused on improving communication and relations between law enforcement, community leaders and citizens after Sacramento was stunned by the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man. Brown, who is in his second season with the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks, also acknowledged his relationship with police will likely never be the same after his encounter.“It’s what they do that gives the trust, so if they’re not responding accordingly to how they’re supposed to and according to the Constitution – they’re not doing things constitutionally – then you wouldn’t even be able to trust them,” Brown said. “If you were in my situation, you wouldn’t come out trusting them, and they violated your rights.” It was just over 13 months ago when police used a stun gun on Brown in the parking lot of a Walgreens in Milwaukee. Now, he emphasizes he has moved on from the interaction, citing basketball for keeping his focus elsewhere.“I’ve been emotionally, spiritually, physically stable since the incident happened,” Brown said. “At the end of the day, I’m a professional and I’ve got a job to do and I’ve got to handle my business. There’s no sympathy if I’m down and out and complaining about it. It’s just next man up. I’ve got a profession that requires me to display it at all times. That really is what helped me just keep things flowing.” Related Newscenter_img Bucks guard Sterling Brown is hoping to improve law enforcement practices used during stops and arrests in order to avoid incidents like the one he encountered last year.“I have a platform now and I’m going to use it to help bring awareness and help bring change,” Brown said Friday, via the Associated Press. Bucks sign G Eric Bledsoe to 4-year, $70 million extension, report sayslast_img read more