Charity Scam October 9, 2017
In the aftermath of natural disasters, many “charities” run by scam artists pop up to take advantage of Americans’ willingness to help others. Follow these steps to steer clear of crooks looking to make a quick dollar off of your generosity:
Avoid charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in response to a disaster. Instead, give to charities with a proven track record of helping natural disaster victims.
Make sure the charity you are donating to is legitimate. You can do this by checking out websites like Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar. There you can find information like tax records that explain what the charity does, how long they’ve been doing it, and who their head employees are.
Pay by credit or debit card. That way, if the charity turns out to be a scam, you can dispute the charge.
If you receive a solicitation from a group fundraising on behalf of another organization, be sure to ask what percentage of a donation is kept by the fundraising organization. If the caller is unable or unwilling to provide that information, or if the fee seems unusually high, it could be a scam.