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Christians Against Poverty warns against online imposters

Thu 25 Apr 2019
By Alex Williams

Supporters of Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are being warned against scams, with bosses claiming fraudsters have been posing as the charity online recently.

Anyone receiving an email purportedly from CAP but sent from a free email service, such as Google or Outlook.com, is being urged to be suspicious.

Posting on Twitter, CAP said: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so the saying goes and, it turns out, there are scammers pretending to be CAP.

 

"The vast majority of this is happening online. Here's how to spot you are really dealing with the genuine CAP."

Warning signs include requests for money in US dollars or references of orphanages, the charity says.

 

The advice also said: "We are Christians (with an S) Against Poverty. If it reads Christian Against Poverty - fake! There are loads of us.

"We will never unexpectedly directly pay an individual who is not a client. Sorry about that!

 

"We will not offer anyone direct financial payments (financial help) from our own funds.

"That's not how we work. We give people the resources and cheer squad to help themselves."

 

Anyone who has received anything suspicious is urged to contact Action Fraud, the UK's reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, on 0300 123 2040.

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