The Prophet, peace be upon him, said
“One is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour goes hungry.”
Most collections and appeals are legitimate, but some are scams. Fraudsters will always try to exploit goodwill and attempt to deprive causes that most need help.
Make sure your money goes to the people who need it most by following these quick and easy tips to safeguard your donation.
- Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name, registration number and landline contact number. Be wary of those that only list a mobile number.
- Before making a donation check the charity’s name and registration number. You can verify this at the Charity Commission’s website http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk
- When approached by collectors, check whether they have proper ID and that any collection tin is sealed.
- If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser will always be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.
- Be cautious of poor grammar and spelling in documentation, including collection envelopes and on collection tins.
- Look for the FRSB tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation, encouraging people to give with confidence http://www.frsb.org.uk
- Be careful when responding to emails or clicking links within them. Don’t ‘click through’ from suspicious-looking emails. If you want to donate online, type in the charity’s website address from your homepage.
If you are concerned that you may have been targeted by a fundraising scam, you should report this to Action Fraud http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
“Those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give zakah will have their reward with their lord…”