The bushfire season is having a terrible impact on communities across Australia and donations to appeals that are raising funds are always encouraged!
However, many businesses across Australia are reporting scammers pretending to be legitimate well-known charities. Scammers are using tactics such as cold calling, direct messaging, creating fake websites and social media accounts.
A good way to check if a legitimate charity has approached you is to check the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website by clicking here and searching for their ABN and charity location.
If you are donating through a crowd funding website, such as Go Fund Me, always check the terms and conditions and legitimacy of the organisation calling for donations thoroughly.
A reminder to also check the charity organisation’s website and never give personal information, credit card details or online account details to anyone you don’t know or trust.
If you are approached by a donation collector in person, always ask to see identification.
It is very very rare, if ever, that a charity will ask for a wire transfer, international funds transfer or electronic currency including Bitcoin so avoid these types of donation mediums.
We encourage you to report scams to the ACCC via the Report a Scam page by clicking here. This helps them to learn about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible.