Wednesday May 27 2009
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be aware of charity fraud. Legitimate charities use direct mail, telemarketing and email campaigns to raise funds; unfortunately, scam artists do too. If someone asks you for money on behalf of a charity, take time to:
- Get the charity’s name, address, phone number and written information about its programs
- Make sure the organization has a proven track record (check them out with the National Association of State Charity Officials)
- Ask what percentage of your contribution goes to the charity's fundraising costs (and whether the person contacting you is a professional fundraiser).
Warning signs of a scam include:
- High pressure tactics
- A thank you for a pledge to donate money that you don't remember making
- Requests for cash
- Offers to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect your money
- Guarantees of a sweepstakes winning for making a contribution
- Charities that spring up overnight (especially those focused on natural disasters or claiming to be for the benefit of police officers, veterans or firefighters).
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