World Vision is a global partnership with operations in dozens of countries. Almost every World Vision office has its own website, and many have Facebook pages, Twitter handles and other social media apps. Many of these World Vision digital channels are used to raise funds to support our programmes around the world. Unfortunately, cyber-crooks are always looking for ways to trick donors and supporters.
One of the most common types of internet fraud is a technique called phishing- fake websites or emails created to look official. Consumer fraud experts are warning that there's been an increase of these bogus websites in recent months. Cyber-crooks may use bogus emails to send links to these phishing websites.
You can find a list of official World Vision websites under the Where We Work tab on the www.wvi.org home page.
Recent Scam Alerts:
- World Vision has recently become aware of a fradulent email regarding an upcoming conference listed for March in Dakar. There is no such conference sponsored by World Vision. The invitations are a fraud sent by people trying to obtain your money.
Recently, World Vision Armenia Country Office received alarming phone calls from citizens of Capital Yerevan Arabkir and Ajapnyak Administrative districts. The citizens informed about incidents when people, introducing themselves as World Vision Armenia’s staff, promised that World Vision would pay their utility bills within one of its charity initiatives.
World Vision has never been and is not currently running any project that provides beneficiaries with monetary support. World Vision Armenia staff is always conducting beneficiary visits with their Identification cards, in the majority of cases following a prior phone call.
World Vision Armenia is deeply concerned with the situation; Arabkir and Malatia Administrative Districts’ Police Stations were reported about the incidents by World Vision Armenia country office, and the investigation is on-going.
- Please be careful of individuals fraudulently claiming to be recruiters or other representatives of World Vision, but are in no way affiliated with World Vision. This type of scam looks like an email about jobs with World Vision that do not exist or they offer “recruitment” or “membership” or “work permits” with World Vision. The scammer will then instruct email recipients to send money to an overseas bank account. World Vision will never make this kind of request.
One way to quickly recognise a bogus website is the URL and the overall quality of the website- does the website address URL look familiar or similar to other websites you trust? Does the URL take you to a page that has a professional, high quality look and feel? Many phishing sites will have a cheap quality- misspellings, odd colors and graphics- or display only a login screen. If you are on a transaction page, make sure the URL is secure by looking for https:// - the "s" indicates the website is using secure technology.
If you question the authenticity of a website, continue searching for the real thing. The major search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo use special techniques to put official websites at the top of search results.
The best defense against phishing is a keen eye and common sense. If a website doesn't look like the real thing it probably isn't.