Internet Thieves Using Manchester Terrorism Tragedy to Steal Your Money

Internet Thieves Using Manchester Terrorism Tragedy to Steal Your Money

Fraudsters are taking advantage of Manchester terror attack victims by setting up fake donation pages that steal your hard-earned money.

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Profiting from Manchester Terrorism Tragedy

According to a bulletin from the UK’s Action Fraud reporting center, criminals have started setting up fraudulent donation pages claiming to support victims of the terrorist attack on Ariana Grande’s May 22 concert in Manchester.

Shortly after the attacks, the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) noticed suspicious fundraising pages emerging across the Internet. These pages claim to send all the money raised to victims’ families, but in reality the page administrators are pocketing the proceeds.

Action Fraud notes that this method of scamming is fairly common, with fraudsters regularly attempting to collect money for fake causes related to recent tragedies.

The reporting center warns potential donors to watch out for signs that point to illegitimate charity drives. These signs include poor spelling or bad writing quality.

Action Fraud also offered these tips for avoiding charity scams:

  • Be more cautious about people collecting for general charitable causes, such as ‘for sick children’ – make sure you’re giving to a registered charity.
  • When approached in person by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed and undamaged.
  • If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.
  • Never feel under pressure by a fundraiser into making a donation immediately.

In addition to following these tips, the GMP recommends simply donating to the official Manchester donation drive set up by Manchester Evening News and the British Red Cross.

Manchester Begins the Healing Process

The devastating Machester terror attack took place on May 22 at an Ariana Grande concert. The bombing killed 22 people and injured 119 others.

According to Fox News, 14 men have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Ariana Grande, in immediate response to the attack, tweeted: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”

Later, she posted a much longer letter to the victims:

Most recently, Grande has set to organizing a benefit concert honoring victims and their families. According to CNN, the “One Love Manchester” concert is scheduled to take place on June 4 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.

CNN reports that Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan and Take That have confirmed performances at the benefit concert.

Have you ever been a victim of a fake donation page or website? Share your experiences in the comments below. 

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