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Checking a charity's credentials
Find out how to check a charity's credentials to ensure your donations are given to legitimate causes.
Checking charity credentials
Not sure if a charity or fundraising website is legitimate? Here are some ways to check their credentials. Remember, if in doubt, take your time, do your research and seek further advice.
- Check registration - Before giving, check for a charity registration number - you can verify by looking at the charity register www.gov.uk/checkcharity
- Check the contact details - Be wary of anyone asking for donations with only a mobile phone number and a PO Box address. These are easy to close and difficult to trace. Ask for a landline number, and phone it to see who answers. You can also check the address of any registered charity here: https://www.gov.uk/find-charity-information
- Check with the regulator - if donating through an online fundraising platform, check if they’re registered with the Fundraising Regulator. You can contact the Fundraising Regulator via its website: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/ or via Twitter: @FundrRegulator
Fraud and security
Whether you've been the victim of fraud, or you're looking to learn more about avoiding it, we are committed to keeping you and your accounts as safe as possible.
Viruses and trojans
Identity theft is a risk that we all face.
Social network risks
Social media is creating new opportunities for fraudsters.
Phishing, vishing and smishing
Learn about the risks.
Online shopping scams
As online shopping increases, so do fraudsters' attempts to scam.
Debit and credit card fraud
Fraudsters use different techniques to steal your card details.
What is a money mule?
Find out more about how criminals use 'money mules' and protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Authorised push payment fraud
APP fraud is a crime which affects businesses and individuals