In the News -- Charity Scams at Your Door

July 08, 2013
Knock, knock -- is that really a charity at your door? Maybe not. Be prepared with tips from BBB and Doug Magditch of Nightcap News, CW33-TV, Dallas - Fort Worth.

"Recently, Dallas police put out a warning about a guy pretending to be from the Boys and Girls Club," Doug Magditch said.

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“The solicitor knows how to present themselves and make it look really good if they’re going to be asking for a donation,” said Jeannette Kopko with the Better Business Bureau of Dallas.

"They may look really nice. They may tell you a lot about the organization, but are they really representing the organization? You need to find out,” said Kopko.

You’ll want to ask for some contact information, so you can make a donation later. If it’s a scammer, they’re not going to want to wait. A real organization will take your donation any time.

“If you don’t know the person, if you aren’t familiar with the cause, you don’t have to talk to them. You don’t have to make a donation. If it’s an established group that’s actually soliciting donations, they’ll be happy to get your money later after you check them out,” said Kopko.

And if the visitor pressures you or makes you feel unsafe, close the door and call the police.

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