Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary
They did this to a wildlife charity that I support. Scummy sods took them for £13,000 and they are on the bones of their arse now. The police and banks are investigating. It's like pinching the collection tin but on a bigger scale.
"We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken. Our charity has been subject to a crime and a hacker has stolen over £13,000 from us.
A few days ago we were in contact with a regular supplier by email for our new site. Midway through conversation with the supplier, at the point where we were about to receive the invoice, the emails were intercepted by a hacker. The hacker impersonated the supplier and provided their own BACs details, masking their own identify, so our money went to the thief. A thief that knew they were stealing from a charity too. We sent payment of over £13k!
This all came to light when the bank called us about suspected possible fraud and it has been confirmed to be true.
We are devastated. We are only a small charity and when we have the general day-to-day costs of charity to pay for, this amount of money has taken a long time to slowly save up. All of those donations and fundraising efforts just gone.
Needless to say, the police, Action Fraud, the banks and email providers in question have all been informed and are investigating. We hope to get the money back but the banks haven’t been able to guarantee this. We have been in contact with the suppliers, who are extremely shocked and are conducting their own investigations. We have carried out anti-spyware/malware scans (all clear) and changed all passwords and our email address.
We are sharing this news as we feel it is important that our supporters are aware of this crime and we hope others stay safe. Please click on the actionfraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ which give information about prevention, victim support and how to report this kind of crime.
We are mostly upset for the animals and our new site. That money was for two very large flight enclosures, to house and home over a hundred creatures we have living here. That project will have to sadly be delayed and we will have to continue the best we can in the next few months. We will also not be able to do our annual ex battery hen rescue.
We would like to be clear with you all that current rescue & rehabilitation work here will not be affected, nor will the care of the animals we currently have.
Upset is an understatement and we thank you all for your kind words during this very difficult time.
We will update you all as and when we learn more."