Royal Greenwich Trading standards want to make residents aware of charitable fraud occurring on the internet. They have received information regarding an emerging fraud whereby social media platforms are being used to attract members of the public to donate money to animal welfare charities overseas that do not exist.
- Genuine charities are registered with the Charity Commission and print their registration details on all documentation, collection bags, envelopes, electronic communications etc.
- Watch out for poor grammar and spelling in emails and other documents, including collection envelopes.
- If you have any concerns you can also gain further information from the government website
- Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk