In the News -- Beware of Scammers Posing as Charities

May 29, 2013

Charity scams pop up all the time after disasters like the Oklahoma tornado, said Doug Magditch of KDAF-TV, Dallas - Fort Worth.

“People want to reach out and help people in need. Unfortunately, at that time, these schemers know that they can get your attention. So, they’ll make appeals that sound very heart-wrenching and ask for your donation, but it could be fake,” said Jeannette Kopko with the Dallas Better Business Bureau.

“It’s misleading. You may think that you’ve given to a charity when you really haven’t, so maybe you’re not going to pay attention to a genuine charity appeal. It might also reduce your faith in other appeals that you see,” said Kopko.

These sort of things can be a problem for those organizations that are actually collecting for relief efforts, Magditch said.

Some warning signs to look for are the scammers talking more about the disaster than what they plan to do with your donations. Also, you should be able to check out a nonprofit if it’s legit. If you can’t find anything, it probably isn’t real.

Like anything, if you’re going to put your money into it, make sure you know where your money is going.

“Scammers know you’re giving with your heart, not your head. You really need to give, but give wisely, and know who you’re giving to,” said Kopko.

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