The Fundraising Regulator has alerted charities after a scam email was issued to thousands of organisations in its name.
The phishing email – communication made to look as though it has come from an official source – was asking for payment for the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS).
In an important alert on its website, the Fundraising Regulator said: “We have been made aware of an email scam being sent to charities, asking to receive payment for the FPS or implying that an invoice is due. We would like to clarify that we DO NOT send out invoices for the FPS, as the cost of this service is covered by the fundraising levy.”
A spokesman for the Fundraising Regulator told Civil Society News that “a number of charities have been invoiced fraudulently” about the FPS, and said the regulator has alerted Action Fraud.
Cybercrime is increasingly becoming a major risk for charities. New research, published by cloud technology firm Beaming, found that small organisations were targeted some 65,000 times each in the three months to June this year.
Aidan Warner, external relations manager at NCVO, added: “Charities are frequently targeted by fraudsters and most are aware they need to be cautious. As ever the advice is to be wary of links in any emails that you weren’t expecting.
“Anyone who is in any doubt about an email purportedly from the Fundraising Regulator should raise it with them.
“It might be a sensible precaution for charities to make staff aware of this particular scam, and to use it as an opportunity to remind staff and volunteers about fraud and data security in general.”
For more information, visit the Action Fraud website.