Charity Fraud is the act of creating a false charity to collect money from people who believe they are donating to a charity. It usually involves an individual or group of people who make representations that they are a charity or part of a charity to seek contributions from the public.
Also known as ‘charity scams’ involve any deceptive solicitation for a donation to a charity, association, federation or religious cause. They are treated as serious fraud offences as they involve taking advantage of an individual’s generosity and compassion for others in need.
Charity fraud is a serious offence, and can result in a significant jail sentence as it also can be interpreted as a breach of trust. If the amount of funds obtained as result of the misrepresentation are over 5,000 one could face up to 14 years in jail if convicted.