Charity Scams on the Rise in Australia

Australians have lost more than $320,000 to charity fraud this year as scammers increasingly turn to creating fake charities or impersonating real ones.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch has received 689 reports of fake charity scams in 2018, and reported losses have increased steadily over the past four years.

The ACCC reported scammers have been approaching people on the street or at their front door posing as a fake charity collector.

Scammers have also set up fake websites which look similar to real charity websites and called or emailed people requesting donations.

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