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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Beware of Job Scams Implying Association with Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator has been made aware of various correspondences, being circulated via e-mail, from Internet web sites, and via regular mail or facsimile, falsely stating that they are issued by, or in association with Charity Navigator and/or its officials. These scams, which may seek to obtain money and/or in many cases personal details from the recipients of such correspondence, are fraudulent.
Charity Navigator:
  • Does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). You can view our current job openings here.
  • Never requests any information related to bank accounts or other private information.
  • Does not offer checks, prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through e-mail, mail or fax.

If you have received a solicitation such as those described above:

  • Exercise extreme caution. Financial loss and identity theft could result from the transfer of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence. 
  • Report the scam to your local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.
  • Bring the suspect communications to our attention here.
  • Should you have any doubts about the authenticity of an e-mail, letter or telephone communication purportedly from, for, or on behalf of Charity Navigator and/or its officials, please contact us directly before taking any further action in relation to the correspondence.
Current scam:
Please be advised that Charity Navigator is aware of a fraudulent job offer email scheme that people are receiving. It appears to come from Charity Navigator and its officials. The scammer requests personal information (name, address, SSN, etc.) and then sends a check with the stipulation that the recipient deposit it in their account, keep a small portion of the money and then wire the rest to an international location.

If you received this email, then please:
  • Send Charity Navigator all your correspondence with the scammer (including email headings) and copies of any checks you received here.
  • Do not deposit the fraudulent check.
  • Fill out a complaint for with the FBI Internet Scam Department here
  • Report the scammer to Google here and here
  • Some of the victims of this scam have told us that they posted a resume on Indeed.com. If you posted a resume there, then we encourage you report the scam to Indeed as well.
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