It’s hard to avoid a scam when everything about it looks genuine, which is what phony employees are counting on.

Who Is It Targeting: Consumers willing to make charitable donations

What Is It: Fake donation request that appears to come from a known organization

What Are They After: The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is just the latest in a long line of companies who’ve been victimized by scammers. In their case, someone claiming to be an employee of the company sent out emails requesting monetary donations and even relied on a current social issue—putting an end to sex trafficking of women—to plead their cause.

As soon as the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota found out about the scam emails, they issued a public statement warning citizens of their state that the scammer was not associated with their organization.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • If you receive an email, phone call, or message from a charity requesting donations, do not respond to that point of contact.
  • Instead, if you decide to make a donation, use a verified contact method or donation form for that charity.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.

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For full details of this scam read more from the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.