Don’t let your good intentions and generosity be derailed by charity scams.
Who Is It Targeting: Donors on Giving Tuesday
What Is It: Tried-and-true charity scams that have been repurposed for Giving Tuesday
What Are They After: It’s sad to think there are people vicious enough to steal money that was supposed to go to a worthy cause, but it’s true. Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday, has been set aside for the past five years as a day to give back for what the holiday season has already brought you and your loved ones.
But there are scammers waiting in the wings to target your sense of goodwill. Whether it’s a spoofed email that claims to be from a recognized charity or a fake website whose name is intentionally close to one you’ve heard of, there’s no shortage of ways thieves are waiting to steal from you.
How Can You Avoid It:
- If you’re donating this year, select your charities or non-profits ahead of time.
- If you do see an ad and want to help, don’t click on it; instead, search for the charity yourself online and donate directly through their homepage.
- Check out the list of registered causes at GivingTuesday.org if you aren’t sure who you’d like to support this year.
- Remember that charities need support throughout the year; if you aren’t certain about the validity of an organization you learn about online, there’s nothing wrong with waiting and donating once you’ve checked them out.
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. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.
For full details of this scam check out this article from WTVM.com.