Scam Alert! Beware of Charity Scams

There’s been no shortage of disasters in 2020. Scammers are taking advantage of these events, and our compassion and generosity, to try and steal money. You may be approached in person, by phone, or by email. Or scammers may set up fake websites which look similar to those operated by real charities.

Watch for the warning signs:

– You’ve never heard of the charity before, or it is well-known but you suspect the website or email may be fake.

– The person collecting donations on behalf of the charity has no identification.

– You’re put under pressure to give right away or made to feel selfish if you don’t give.

– There are vague and sentimental claims but no specifics about how donations will be used.

– You’re asked to donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

– You’re not given a receipt or the receipt has no details about the charity.

If you’re looking for a charity to support, carefully research potential ones online and choose a worthy organization that will use your donation wisely.