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Scammers may pretend to represent charities to take advantage of your generosity.
Scammers may pretend to be your relatives or friends, urging you to wire money immediately to help them with an emergency.
If you receive a call or message asking for a donation to a charity, ask lots of questions before you give any money. Avoid giving cash and don't wire money — use a credit card or write a check directly to the charity. Find additional tips to help make sure that your donation actually goes to the cause you support at ftc.gov/charity.
Female VO: Do you get calls asking you to donate to charity? Here are five tips to make sure your contributions are put to good use.
One: Ask for details about the charity: its legal name, address and phone number. Then use the Internet or the phonebook to contact the organization directly and make a donation.
Two: When someone asks you for a donation, ask if they are a paid fundraiser. What portion of your donation will go to the charity?
Three: Avoid giving cash. For security and tax purposes, use a credit card or write a check directly to the charity.
Four: Don’t wire money to a charity. Once you wire money, you can’t get it back – and, often, it can’t be tracked.
Five: keep records of all of your donations.
When it comes to making sure your charitable gifts are reaching the organizations that need them, check it out, at FTC.gov.
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