Denver, CO – November 13, 2012 – During the holiday season and in the aftermath of disasters is when charitable giving heightens around the country. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says an uptick in giving causes a trend in charity fraud as well, unfortunately.
“During the holidays, we are especially concerned about insincere emotional appeals—and in regards to Hurricane Sandy, we expect to see fly-by-night websites,” said Hope Marie Sneed, vice president of development and PR for the BBB of Denver/Boulder. According to Internet domain research site, DomainTools, over 1,000 Internet addresses related to Sandy have been registered since before the storm even hit.
In past holiday seasons, the BBB has locally investigated deceptive charitable operations that appeared to raise money for causes such as animal rescue and abused children. As the holiday season gets underway, the BBB urges donors to do their homework and avoid falling for pleas that are heavy on emotion and light on details.
The BBB also offers the five following tips to follow when donating to a charity:
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