Protecting your money online
Last updated: 9 December 2019

Sending money abroad and donating to charity

Sending money abroad

If you're sending money to a person or business abroad, you can do this using one of the following:

  • a money transfer operator
  • an online money transfer service
  • a foreign exchange broker

Before sending any money using these services, check if the Finance Conduct Authority:

  • have the operator, service or broker registered
  • authorise the operator, service or broker

You can contact the Finance Conduct Authority through their website.

Donating money to charity online

When donating money to charities online, you should check:

  • the charity is genuine using the charity regulator's online register
  • web addresses with the charity regulator or charity itself
  • for 'https' and the padlock symbol in your browser window, before making payment

You should never:

  • follow links embedded in emails
  • respond to emails from charities you've never heard of
  • donate through money transfer companies, such as Western Union or MoneyGram

Report suspicious emails

If you get an email that looks like it's from a charity but which you think is suspicious you should:

You can find more advice on donating money to charity on the Get Safe Online website.