The Tasmanian Police have issued a warning about online scams which have seen many not-for-profits lose substantial sums of money.

In their media release, the Tasmanian Police said sophisticated technology based crimes are becoming more common .

The scams range from an ‘impostor boss email’ in which an organisation’s finance department receives emails which appears to be from their boss, through to bank accounts being compromised.

Police warn that  scammers are using advanced technology, with activities and emails appearing legitimate.

ACNC Assistant Commissioner David Locke said charities should be extra vigilant in light of the Tasmanian Police warning.

“Charities should be on the lookout for any unusual activities or request for funds,” Mr Locke said.

“Good governance can go a long way in protecting your charity from being scammed.

“By having the right checks and balances in place, it can reduce your charity’s risk of being scammed and catch any issues that do arise quickly.”

The ACNC provides advice on fraud prevention and good governance for charities:

For more information about these scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Tasmanian Police website.

For information about other charity scams and general advice, visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s SCAMwatch website.