New Crimestoppers hotline - report charity fraud anonymously

15 May 2013

Fraud is a real issue for charities and doesn't just affect large national organisations with large amounts of funding.  In March this year it was reported that a Bradford-based debt counselling charity lost £78,000 to fraud.

0800 0232 101 is a new phone number that you can call to report fraud that has taken place at a charity.  The Charity Fraud Line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you don't feel comfortable talking to someone then you can also report fraud anonymously through the online form.

More information about the Crimestoppers hotline from the frequently asked questions:

When should I ring the Charity Fraud Line?

"If you become aware of anybody either employed by or providing voluntary work for your charity who you believe is carrying out any act of fraud which affects it."

What will happen if I ring up?

"You will speak to a highly trained call agent who will ask you for as much information as you have to enable an investigation to take place. You will be asked if you are prepared to provide contact details, but if you don’t wish to, you will remain completely anonymous as the Charity Fraud Line has no facility to identify or trace your call and does not record the call to identify you later."

What happens if I send information online?

"Using the power of Crimestoppers, our servers split your information from the identification address of the computer or server used, so that if you wish to remain anonymous, then you will be."

What kind of information should I give to the Charity Fraud Line?

"You can pass on information about any type of fraud, from knowledge of a staff member submitting false expense claims, through to diverting funds from the charity for any unlawful purpose to persons you suspect may be colluding with contractors to achieve a personal gain e.g offering or accepting a bribe."

What happens to my information?

"All information received on behalf of a charity signed up to the service will be forwarded to the identified point of contact within the charity. In certain circumstances, if a contact believes that point of contact may be complicit in any wrongdoing, the report will be sent to the Charity Commission."

Find out more about how the Charity Fraud Line works for employees and charities.