Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana Says Don’t Get Scammed When Giving To Charities

October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013
Contact: Barbara Coles
Coles Marketing Communications

Indianapolis, Ind. (October 10, 2013/Coles Marketing Communications) – October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many Americans embrace this cause by purchasing pink-ribbon products and services to support a cure for breast cancer. The Better Business Bureau serving Central Indiana offers tips to avoid being scammed.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, second to lung cancer. With more than 232,000 new cases of breast cancer each year, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer over their lifetime. Studies show, though, that the number of cases is dropping due to early detection and treatment.

Last year, 26,824 inquiries were made to BBB serving Central Indiana alone. When donating to charities, people need to be aware of where their money is going. The Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana offers these tips to protect you from a charity scams:

  • Never give cash. Write a check to the charity, not an individual. Never give your credit card number or other personal information in response to unsolicited donation requests.
  • Beware of high-pressure requests for on-the-spot donations and appeals long on emotion, but short on describing what a charity does.
  • Keep records of your donations with receipts, canceled checks and bank statements to document your giving for taxes.
  • Think twice if a charity is unwilling to answer questions about their operations, finances and programs.
  • Read product labels carefully. A trustworthy company should disclose a charity name and the amount of sale benefiting the charity.
  • Checking online could help you better understand any program involving charitable donations.
  • Confirm the charity’s corporate partners (typically be listed on charities’ Web sites).
Remember, if you receive solicitations for donations; be cautious of people claiming to represent national breast cancer charities. According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization (NBCAM), the group doesn’t solicit contributions and hasn’t authorized the use of its name for solicitation purposes. Contact charities directly to confirm solicitations.

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