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Alert issued over genuine migrant charity targeted by fraudsters making fake charity appeals (19 January 2017)

Date: 19/01/2017
Duncan Lewis, Immigration Solicitors, Alert issued over genuine migrant charity targeted by fraudsters making fake charity appeals

The Charity Commission has issued a warning for the public to be aware of fake charity appeals to help migrants.

The National Fraud Investigation Bureau (NFIB) has gathered information about two frauds relating to animal welfare appeals and appeals for money to help migrants. Social media or email platforms are being used to encourage members of the public to donate money to sham charity appeals, including a fake Migrant Helpline. Migrant Helpline is a genuine charity, but fraudsters have been using its name to trick members of the public into becoming victims of fraud.

Information in the alert is based on reports made during the last month to Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud reporting centre.

The NFIB has discovered that fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, purporting to be from Migrant Helpline – charity email addresses could also be targeted.

The email address sending the majority of emails is noreply@yeshivadonations.com, but multiple email addresses have been used. The subject line currently is ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’ and the message body contains the following:

Thanks again for donating.
We’re sending it straight to Migrant Helpline so you’ll be making a difference very soon.
Your donation details:
First name:

Last name:


Amount: £196
Donation Reference: 09493495
If you have any questions about your donation, please follow this link and download Your (Donation Reference 09493495), with the transaction details listed above.
With your help, Yeshiva Donations can continue to work in Syria and neighboring countries to deliver clean water and life-saving supplies to millions of people.
Your generosity is bringing much-needed assistance to families who have lost everything as a result of the crisis in Syria.
Warm regards,
Yeshiva Donation

The first name, last name and telephone number are targeted and appear to be correct for those they are sent to. However, once the link is clicked, a well-known Trojan (Ramnit) is downloaded onto the victim’s device and the malware is equipped to target and steal personal/ corporate banking details.
Donors are being advised to be vigilant about any emails received purporting to be from charities writing about a donation.

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