“Scammers are targeting people’s willingness to help the victims of the war. It’s often done in a very professional way. Today’s scammers are very good at imitating websites and getting inquiries to look real,” says Annukka Multanen, Nordea’s expert in fraud.
Donation scams can be in the form of fake social media posts, phone calls, e-mails, text messages or websites mimicking fundraising activities, asking you to fill in your card credentials or online access codes, she explains.
“Fraudsters try their best to capitalise on the anxiety, fear and other emotions we deal with during uncertain times by creating a sense of urgency to take immediate action. They might, for example, send e-mails asking for donations to help the people of Ukraine or support the Ukrainian army or share links to these donations on social media.”