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Here are some tips to make sure your charity contributions are put to good use.
Don't wire money to someone you don't know.
If you’re thinking about giving to a charity, do your research to avoid fraudsters who try to take advantage of your generosity. High-pressure tactics and requests to send cash or wire money are sure signs of a scam. Find additional tips to help make sure that your charitable contributions actually go to the cause you support at ftc.gov/charity.
Male VO: Hurricane. Earthquake. Flood.
Female VO: When there’s news of a disaster, you may feel drawn to help.
But BEFORE you send money, be sure you’re actually dealing with a reputable organization—and NOT a scam.
Fraudsters try to take advantage of your goodwill—especially right after a crisis.
They might contact you by telephone, e-mail, the internet, text, or face-to-face.
They use high-pressure tactics to try to get you to give money, sometimes even pretending to represent a real organization.
So, be on the lookout for red flags, like requests for donations in cash; or by wire, courier or overnight delivery.
Remember, when communities are in crisis, you CAN make a difference—But you won’t help anyone if you don’t know who you’re dealing with.
When it comes to possible charity scams, exercise doubt and check it out, at FTC.gov. A tip from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency.
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