The holiday season has begun and, unfortunately, every year we see a rise in financial scam, especially in regard to charities. Scammers often use organization names that sound much like reputable and real charities. Ask for the exact name of the entity and do some research before you donate. Do not let the caller rush you into making a decision. If you donate, pay by credit card or check and keep a record of your donation. Make sure you are only charged for what you donated and not that you’re signed up for a recurring donation.
These websites provide helpful information about charities:
~ Press release from the Department of Justice