This post was written 3 months ago and therefore may not be as accurate as more recent posts.
Cyber criminals have stolen £235,000 from Bury Hospice in a sophisticated fraud.
 
The criminals struck on July 11 when it was discovered the money had been stolen from hospice bank accounts following an elaborate hoax involving an online virus check.
 
Bury Hospice Chairman Prof Eileen Fairhurst said: “We are shocked and sickened that fraudsters would target hospices and other charities. It is beneath contempt when you think how this money was raised by hard-working volunteers and kind benefactors  – and what it is needed for.

 

“We are now carrying out a full investigation and keeping in close contact with our bank. Our own protection systems are now subject to extensive review.

 

“The police and the Charity Commission have been informed. There will be no immediate impact on the running of Bury Hospice and we will continue to provide an excellent service to those in the Bury community who need us.

 

“All avenues are now being explored to recover the money and the matter is being investigated by the police national fraud investigation team. There will be no further comment while the investigation takes place.”  

 

Other charities in the Greater Manchester area have also been targeted in a similar way and some have also suffered financial loss. Hospices in other parts of the UK have also been victims of online theft.

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