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Monday, November 6, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks How To Spot That Fake Charity

Especially in times of disaster and at the end of the year, individuals are more susceptible to receive asks from fake charities hoping to profit off of the generosity of your gift. Before giving to any charity, doing your research is the most important step to take to ensure that your dollar will be used well and will go to help the most people (or animals) in need. Charity Navigator has some tips that you should keep in mind before donating, especially if you think you’re looking at a fake charity.

There are rules set up for organizations across the country that charities are expected to follow, including Internal Revenue Service regulations and the law. The vast majority of organizations do follow these rules, but there are some fraudulent entities who pose as real charities and prey upon individuals looking to give.

Consumerist created a great article talking about some information that you want to make sure you can receive. This includes asking about who wants your money; asking for written information like full name, address, and telephone number; and calling the charity to see if they’re aware of the solicitation.

The Internal Revenue Service says to never give out personal financial information like your passwords or Social Security number. Also, if you’re giving on the phone, make sure you’ve verified that you’re actually giving to the organization that claims to be on the phone: sometimes scam artists steal identities and money from victims.

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