Scammers take advantage of trouble
AUSTRALIANS moved by the Syrian humanitarian crisis are being warned to be aware of compassion scammers.
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commissioner Susan Pascoe said the public response had been “extraordinary” but people should check to whom they donate to avoid being ripped off.
“During tragic events we tend to see an increase in scams, so I would like to encourage the public to remain vigilant,” she said.
The Commission issued a checklist for donors: • Always ask for identification from door-to-door and street fundraisers. • If you have not heard of an organisation, check if they are on the ACNC charity register (acnc.gov.au/findacharity). • Do not provide your per- sonal, credit card or online account details unless you know it is a trusted source. • Do not open suspicious or unsolicited emails, delete them. • If you think there is something wrong, contact the charity directly.
An ACNC spokesman said d scams had sprung up following previous catastrophes, including Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and the Nepal earthquake.