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With the season of goodwill upon us, many of us may choose to give money to charity and most charities will actively seek donations. Most collections and appeals are genuine, but sadly fraudsters can try to exploit people’s charitable nature and steal money which the donor thinks is going the help the charity. To make sure your money really goes to those who need it, follow our tips below.

If you receive unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of or have no association with, do not respond and do not click on links contained in them. Report them to Action Fraud and then delete the e-mails.

Do not make charity donations in response to spam email - visit the charity’s own website by typing the website address into the browser yourself, rather than clicking on a link in an e-mail.

Do not respond to requests to donate through a money transfer company such as Western Union or MoneyGram, as this is a tactic commonly used in scams
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