The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has made the Charity Commission aware of fraudulent emails circulating which claim to be soliciting funds for a DEC 'Tsunami Earthquake Appeal' for Japan. No such ‘Appeal’ exists. The police have been informed.
The DEC is not planning to launch an appeal for this crisis in Japan, as it explains here. Members of the public should not give to any such appeal for Japan purporting to be organised by DEC.
If people wish to donate to this cause, several of DEC’s member agencies are responding to the crisis, for example the British Red Cross, Save the Children, World Vision and Oxfam. Further details may be found by contacting these charities.
The Commission is urging the public to be vigilant and has the following advice for those who wish to make donations to charities:
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