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Scammers impersonate charities all year round, often seeking fake donations in response to real disasters or emergencies.

While traditionally you may have been approached at your front door, scammers now also set up fake websites which look similar to those operated by real charities, or even contact you over email.

Check to see if a charity is legitimate on the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) register and head to Scamwatch for other tips on how to protect yourself from fake charities.