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Scam Alert: Charity scams

Posted by Ellen Brown | Jan 12, 2024

Charity scams are when someone tries to trick you into donating money to a fake charity or a charity that doesn't use your donations for a good cause. This is a common scam that can happen through phone calls, email, or even social media. Here are some tips to help you avoid charity scams:

  1. Do your research: Before donating to a charity, research the organization to make sure it's legitimate. Check their website, social media profiles, and reviews from other donors.

  2. Be wary of high-pressure tactics: Scammers may pressure you to donate money quickly or promise rewards for donating. Don't be rushed, and don't believe anything that sounds too good to be true.

  3. Verify the charity's identity: If you receive a call or email from a charity, ask for their name, call back number, and website address. Then, research the charity before donating any money.

  4. Don't give out personal information: Scammers may ask for personal information, like your social security number or bank account details. Never give out this information unless you're sure it's safe and necessary.

  5. Report suspicious activity: If you think you've been targeted by a charity scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission or to your state attorney general's office.

Remember, it's important to be careful when donating to a charity. Do your research to make sure the organization is legitimate, and don't be rushed or pressured into donating money. And never give out personal information or money unless you're sure it's safe and necessary. Instead, report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.

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