Richmond Not-for-Profit Organizations Targeted by Email Scam Artist

By Keiter CPAs

Richmond Not-for-Profit Organizations Targeted by Email Scam Artist

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a scam alert for Richmond area not-for-profit organizations. Several local not-for-profits have been targeted via email by ‘Ken McFarlane’ or ‘Kenneth McFarlane’ with phony check donations.  The contact information listed on the email is copied from a UK architectural firm website and is not legitimate. The BBB urges charities that receive this email to not engage with the sender or accept donations from ‘Ken McFarlane’.

Fortunately, none of the organizations that were targeted suffered financial losses from this particular scam artist.  As a reminder, an organization’s risk of being victimized by email scams can be minimized by filtering spam, ensuring antivirus software and firewalls are installed and up-to-date, treating email attachments with caution, distrust unsolicited emails and links within email messages.

Read the full alert.

Questions about keeping your not-for-profit organization secure from scam artists? Contact your Keiter representative or 804.747.0000 |

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Keiter CPAs is a certified public accounting firm serving the audittax, accounting and consulting needs of businesses and their owners located in Richmond and across Virginia. We focus on serving emerging growth businesses and companies in the financial servicesconstructionreal estatemanufacturingretail & distribution industries and nonprofits. We also provide business valuations and forensic accounting servicesfamily office services, and inbound international services.

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