Here are some of the warning signs of imposter charity scams:

  • As a rule, any organization requesting that you send funds to a foreign bank is a scam.
  • Valid charity organizations will not include an attachment in their email communications.
  • Be suspicious of anyone contacting you online claiming to be a victim.
  • If someone is trying to rush you into making a donation – it’s likely a scam.
  • Scammers often make lots of vague and sentimental claims but give no specifics.

If you think you or someone you know has been affected by a charity imposter scam, we recommend that you act immediately, by following our guidelines below, and then proceed to our ReportRecover, and Reinforce sections for further assistance.

Some Immediate Action Steps to Take

Report

Reporting cybercrime incidents to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is very important! The more national reporting data that is collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Although the FBI does not resolve individual complaints directly, they will make your report available to local, state and other law enforcement partners. The FAQs about reporting can be found here. Please read the FBI/IC3 privacy policy here. (If you believe that you’ve received a phishing email, please forward the email directly to spam@uce.gov and
reportphishing@apwg.org.)

Recover

These resources have been gathered, selected and vetted to help simplify the process of recovering after a cybercrime incident has taken place. You may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.

Reinforce

Once you have notified the appropriate organizations and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity, using these resources and tools.

Contact the Money Service Company You May Have Used and Report the Fraud

Contact Credit Reporting Agencies to Monitor Your Accounts

Implement Preventive Measures

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