Guest Blogger: Mark Bramah, Director of Ethica Solutions www.ethica-solutions.co.uk/investigations
Most times we leave our homes for the High Street, we will encounter a charity collector. Some will be from recognised, reputable organisations, supporting excellent causes. However, be aware there are equally the charlatans out there, operating as either individuals or organised criminals who will prey on your goodwill.
According to Portsmouth University's Annual Fraud Indicator 2016, Charities are losing up to £193billion a year in fraud. Part of this will come from street collections by criminals, who are not registered with The Charities Commission, and who often purport to be from well know honourable charities. On closer examination there will be a slight difference in the name of the charity the criminal is purporting to be.
How does it happen?
What should you look out for?
How can you avoid falling victim to a fraudster charity collector?
A massive amount of money is being lost by genuine charities as a result of fraudulent activity. The reality is that this will impact on the most vulnerable people in our society. To compound matters often fraudsters will use their proceeds to fund further unlawful activities and create further misery. A vigilant and sensible response to anything suspicious will help genuine charities to benefit from your generosity.
If you believe you have encountered a fraudulent charity please report it to: Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Director of Ethica Solutions
Ethica Solutions provides investigation services in London and throughout the UK. The specialist team comprises former UK Police Officers with many years of investigative experience, it offers discreet and efficient preventive, investigation, evidence gathering and reporting, suited to a wide range of commercial, private and criminal matters, as well as crisis response and management