“I know that people throughout Staffordshire and the West Midlands want to be generous this Christmas, but I am urging people to check before giving money; we need to ensure donations reach genuine charities this Christmas” says Michael Fabricant.
“Action Fraud, the Charity Commission, and the Fundraising Regulator, have warned that while the vast majority of fundraising appeals and collections are genuine, criminals can set up fake charities, or even impersonate well-known charitable organisations, to deceive victims.
“By giving to a registered, regulated charity this Christmas, we can be sure that our funds will be accounted for in line with charity law. To find out which charities are operating in each Parliamentary Constituency, visit the Charity Commission’s Register of charities here:
With Action Fraud and the charity regulators, Michael is urging everyone to follow some simple steps to ensure they have a Fraud Free Christmas this year.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, says: “Charities do incredibly important work, helping those in greatest need, especially at this time of year. Unfortunately, criminals will try to abuse the generosity and goodwill of others and this can have a huge financial impact on charities and the good causes they support.
“We would encourage people not to be put off donating to charities, but instead to be vigilant. Make sure you do your research and follow our simple steps to ensure you’re giving your money to a legitimate charity. Don’t let your donations end up in the wrong hands this Christmas.”
Michael Fabricant adds “The Charity Commission has previously warned that the Covid pandemic has created more fertile ground for fraudsters. Action Fraud reported earlier this year that it had received reports of a scam email, purporting to be from HM Government, asking for donations to the NHS as part of a ‘nationwide appeal in efforts against coronavirus’. So it’s really important to check before you give. And with the website’s search, that’s now so easy.”