Charity Commission issues alert amid rising reports of phishing scams

The Charity Commission has issued an alert because of “increasing reports of phishing scams”. It is reported that there are a staggering “8,000 reports of phishing each month, which shows the scale of these scams”. Charities are being urged to remain “vigilant and protect themselves from harm”.

Those charities that think they have been affected by a phishing scam are advised to report it to Action Fraud. Those charities that have fallen victim to an attack and have lost “sensitive data or valuable funds” should report it to the Commission as a serious incident.

The alert contains some “preventive actions” that charities can take to better protect themselves. The advice includes tips on virus protection, software updates, data backups, not clicking attachments from unknown recipients and what to do if you think your bank details have been compromised.

The most important line of defence against a phishing attack is the person who receives the email. If your staff are able to identify and correctly respond to a malicious email, the danger can be mitigated. With the volume and sophistication of phishing attacks on the increase, it is important to make staff aware of the risks of phishing.

For further reading on phishing, take a look at our infographic here.

Alternatively, consider our Phishing Staff Awareness Course, which provides an introduction to understanding and spotting phishing scams, and helps reduce the chance that an employee will hand over confidential information or inadvertently infect your systems.

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