St. Jude’s Scam
Scammers are posing as employees from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in order to solicit fake donations.
Who Is It Targeting: Residents in Indiana
What Is It: Scammers are posing as St. Jude employees and randomly calling individuals hoping they have previously donated to this organization. The scammer then thanks them and encourages them to continue with their donations by simply giving them their credit card information over the phone.
What Are They After: Credit card information
How Can You Avoid It: Never give credit card information over the phone to unsolicited callers. Falling for this type of scam can put you at risk to be scammed again. Scammers re-sell victim information to other scammers which can make you a target for identity theft. Always research a charity before donating and make the donation to the charity directly. Find a reputable charity online at http://www.charitynavigator.org/
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For full details of this scam check out this article from WNDU16.