Charities are being warned to be vigilant for scam emails claiming to be invoices from the Funding Regulator.
Invoices claim to be for Fundraising Preference Service costs and are being sent from a fake account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine service allows people to control direct marketing from charities and is paid for by an annual levy charged to charities with fundraising costs of more than £100,000, with those with lower costs paying a flat fee of £50 a year.
The regulator says that online scammers are sending charities that spend more than £100,000 an invoice saying that payment is due. It says that these are fake and it does not send invoices to charities via email.
Any charity that has received an email from this account to contact them immediately on 0300 999 3407 or at email@example.com.