It’s unfortunate that times of crisis often create prime opportunities for scammers who exploit people’s desire to help. Online scams rose dramatically during the pandemic and it’s likely that the same will happen now.
To make sure that your money is actually going to support causes in Ukraine and for Ukrainian people, there are a few things to bear in mind before you enter any payment details.
If the charity is based in the UK, then you can search the government charity register to check that it is a legitimate organisation.
Of course, there are a large number of charities and organisations that aren’t based in the UK that are raising funds at the moment, so use your judgement wisely and do plenty of research on any charity or organisation before entering any payment information.
Always make sure that any website you are providing bank details on has the padlock icon in the address bar, and the website starts with ‘https://’. This means that the connection between you and the charity or organisation is secure and there is less likelihood of your information being stolen.
For more information on scams and how to spot them, have a look at our article Types of scam and how to avoid them.