Fraud Prevention and Awareness



The Fraud Advisory Panel have a number of great resources to help raise your awareness on areas of fraud including this great video on Insider Fraud from Fraud Awareness week, you can watch it here: Video definitely worth watching and visit their website here. 

Here are three useful visual tools that will help you make your team aware of the potential risk of fraud within your charity.  (1) Infographic highlighting the most common charity fraud risks. (2) Infographic on how to respond to fraud.  (3) Also a Be Fraud Aware poster that you can display in your office.


The National Cyber Security Centre shows you how to improve cyber security within your charity - quickly, easily and at low cost.

  • This advice has been produced to help charities to protect themselves from the most common cyber attacks.
  • The 5 topics covered are easy to understand and cost little (or nothing) to implement. 

Cyber security for smaill charities can be downloaded here 

Up-to-date information on weaknesses within IT systems which could be exploited to deliver a successful attack can be found here and the latest cyber threats can be found here. 

Charity Finance Group (CFG) has launched a guide to help small charities counter fraud. The guide, The Small Charities Guide to Preventing Fraud looks at measures that charities can put into place to help them stop fraud.  This guide will help small charities to understand what fraud is, outline the steps they need to protect themselves against fraud, highlight what tell-tale signs to look out for to detect fraud, know what to do once they have detected fraud and where to report fraud when it has occurred.

This checklist is designed to help charities to establish (or strengthen) their counter-fraud policy. The checklist asks ten essential questions that all charities should be thinking about when working to tackle fraud. The Charities Counter Fraud Checklist.

Charities Against Fraud:  Charity trustees have a duty to manage their charity’s resources responsibly and ensure that funds are properly protected, applied and accounted for.  With a total annual income of over £69 billion, the charity sector is vulnerable to fraud and financial crime. It’s essential that trustees put in place suitable counter-fraud measures – even small changes can help protect charities from harm.  The Charity Commission and others have established the Charity Sector Counter Fraud Group (CSCFG) to help improve the charity sector’s resilience to fraud. 

Here are some useful templates from the Charities Against Fraud Group: Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy Anti Fraud Policy 1 Anti Fraud Policy 2 Fraud Investigation Plan Quick Guide to Investigative Interviews Terms of Reference Whistleblowing Policy

You can visit their website here. 


The GOV.UK website also has some useful information on how to protect your charity from fraud, including a useful infographic whic can be found here


Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime. They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. You can find more information on their website


Cyber Resolutions

Email Spoofing

How to Use Public Wifi Safely


Reporting fraud (e-learning resource) from The Charity Commission. Understand why it is important to speak out and report charity fraud with this short learning e-course from the Charity Commission here 

Trustees: Fraud 10 Questions to Ask


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