Scams can undermine the good work of genuine charities and take advantage of the generosity of Australians.
In 2018-19, Scamwatch received 996 reports of fake charity scams, with a total recorded loss of more than $300,000.
Telephone scams were the most common, with 394 reports, followed by emails with 169 reports and in person scams with 146 reports. Those contacted on the internet suffered the highest losses, totalling more than $105,000.
According to Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, there are a few things that donors can do to donate with confidence to a registered charity.
This include avoiding clicking unknown links or providing payment details over the phone when approached to make a donation, and never sending money or give personal information, credit card details or online account details to anyone.
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