The Courier-Mail

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 (­ty). • 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.

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