Charity scams and fundraising phone fraud have unfortunately taken a big leap.
The problems with our economy have affected everyone and everything. Some of the worst hit is the charities.
They depend on us and our contributions; but, because people aren’t able to give as often or as much to the charities, there has been a decrease in funding.
These financial challenges have led to charities having to solicit more often and to ask for larger donations, many times using direct-mail and telemarketing solicitations to raise their funds.
Scams dealing with charities have been around for a long time, but were massively brought to the publics' attention in the aftermath of 9/11, when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
To protect yourself from identity theft scams of this nature, make sure you check out the charitable organization first, Before you give.
Most of them must be registered with the State Attorney General. Please take the time to check if the company is legitimate.
Check the charity to see if it’s bogus at charitywatch.org, charitynavigator.org, guidestar.org or give.org.
Say no to high pressure sales tactics.
If you get a call from a solicitor asking for money, be sure to call said charity back and check to see if the call was legitimate.
See phone scams to learn more important information.
Just because the scammer uses one of these words in his organization name doesn’t mean it is legitimate.
Police and fire usually use paid, professional fund-raises specifically for this job.
The bottom line is to give with your heart, but don’t let charity scams suck you into being scammed and having identity theft happen to you.