Spread the word about charity fraud

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This week, the FTC, the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO), and state charity regulators are joining forces with regulators from across the world to participate in the first International Charity Fraud Awareness Week.Make your donations count

It’s extremely important to raise awareness about charity scams to help ensure that donors’ hard-earned money goes to the worthy causes they seek to support, not to fraudsters. Would you help us spread the word? Here are a few things you can do this week:

•    Share this video with your friends and family.

•    Follow us at Facebook.com/FederalTradeCommission and on Twitter at #CharityFraudOut to get tips about donating wisely and avoiding charity scams. This week, we’ll be sharing tips on donating after natural disasters, handling telemarketing calls, privacy, online giving, and wise giving.  

And here are a few tips to avoid donating to a sham charity:

•    Look up the organization online and read what others are saying about it. Search the charity’s name with the terms “scam” or “complaint.”
•    Check out the charity’s ratings with groups like the Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch and Guide Star. Find out how at FTC.gov/Charity.
•    Verify that the organization is registered with your state charity regulator. Most states require charities or their fundraisers to register before they can ask for donations.

Spotted a charity scam? Report it at FTC.gov/Complaint.

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I’m so grateful for all the hard work that your organization is doing. I most likely will recognize the fraud but my parents who are in their 80’s may not. I can share your information with them. Thanks again

I got calls from (supposedly) the American Heart Association asking me if I will promise to send them money and ask all my neighbors and friends to donate and send the money to them. When I said I do not donate to anything over the phone, send me paper mail and I will check out the charity and decide if I want to contribute. They hung up.

Always read your reports. Keeps me ahead of the game. Thank you.

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