Protecting your money online

Last updated: 16 January 2017

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.

You can also find more advice on sending money abroad on the Citizens Advice 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.

Protecting your money online
Sending money abroad and donating to charity