As a business owner, may want to support the law enforcement, public safety or educational groups in your community by purchasing advertising in publications sponsored by nonprofit organizations. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends that when responding to fundraising appeals you exercise the same good judgment you would use in business making decisions.
Many community businesses are targeted by con artists who pose as salesmen from out-of-town advertising firms, wanting to sell your company ads in local calendars, yearbooks or souvenir programs to be given out at circuses or dance shows. A variation of this advertising scam involves deceptive invoices for ads that the businesses never agreed to purchase.
The BBB suggests you understand the conditions of any specialty advertising and ask lots of questions before buying ad space for a charity or nonprofit fundraiser. Find out:
If a salesperson refuses to answer any of your questions, does not have supporting materials about the charitable organization, or urges you to act immediately, you may be dealing with a con artist rather than a legitimate non-profit.