Fulfilling my earliest childhood nightmare, the cybermen really are out to get us.

70% of fraud is now committed online. Cybercrime is becoming ever more sophisticated. Recently, fraudsters have even impersonated the Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission in an attempt to defraud charities.  “Vishing” and “whaling” as well as “phishing” are terms we are all quickly learning, to keep up with the ever more ingenious ways in which some people seek to dupe us.

Against this backdrop Charity Fraud Awareness Week couldn’t be more timely. This year the campaign will run between Monday 21 October and Friday 25 October 2019. Each day will have a specific theme and charities can pre-register for a free online charity fraud awareness hub from the Fraud Advisory Panel here, as well as take part in live webinar discussions.

Organisations can also download a free supporters’ pack for the campaign timeline, suggested tweets, social media assets and planned activities.

And on the afternoon of Thursday 24th October at Brabners’ Manchester office we will be hosting an ICAEW event: “Be Fraud Aware,” when we will welcome TITAN, Cyber Protect Officers working with organisations and members of the public around the UK, together with Alan Bryce, Head of Development, Counter Fraud and Cyber-Crime at the Charity Commission, who will be sharing the findings of the Charity Commission’s national survey into fraud and cybercrime, which is being released the previous day.

Charities are welcome to attend this (free-of-charge) event and can book their place by following this link.