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Charity News: Fraud and the pandemic

Charity regulators have warned that the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for fraudsters, with those charities providing services and supporting local communities during the crisis particularly vulnerable to an increased level of coronavirus related frauds and cyber-attacks. CCEW has teamed up with The Fraud Advisory Panel (FAP) to issue guidance to charities on how best to protect themselves, highlighting that they need to be extra vigilant in respect of the following types of scams:

  • scam emails;
  • procurement fraud;
  • mandate or Chief Executive Officer frauds;
  • unsolicited offers of goods, services or financial support.

The guidance highlights the need to ensure that electronic devices such as laptops and mobile phones are protected from the latest threats and the need to use video conferencing services such as Zoom and Skype securely.

Throughout the pandemic FAP, in conjunction with other parties such as the Cabinet Office and City of London Police, have published frequent updates on emerging threats and trends that organisations need to be aware of and the preventative actions that can be adopted in response. Charities can use this guidance to strengthen their procedures and raise awareness within their organisation on the threats they face.

Guidance:

CCEW: https://bit.ly/2G0mSP9

Fraud Advisory Panel: https://bit.ly/347UqTj

Our full Charity Newsletter can be found here.

For more information on our charity services please visit our website or contact Frank Harling on 01932 830664 or charities@wardwilliams.co.uk

About the author

Frank originally joined PKG in 2005 before it was acquired by Ward Williams in 2010.  Having started at PKG as a Trainee he qualified firstly as an Certified Accounting Technician, before moving on and becoming qualified with the ACCA.

Frank is based at our Uxbridge office as Corporate Services Manager. Frank manages a portfolio of both audit and non-audit clients in a range of different sectors and industries, as well as assisting with the running of the corporate services department.

He has extensive experience of providing Audit, Accounts preparation, Corporation Tax, VAT, CIS and Payroll. Frank also holds a solid experience with regards accounting and audit in a number of specialist areas, including charities, solicitors and pension schemes.

frank.harling@wardwilliams.co.uk

01895 236335