The holidays bring out the best in people, and many charities count on end-of-year generosity from donors to meet the needs of those less fortunate. Sadly, scammers know this and prey on unsuspecting consumers who don’t do their homework when giving money to charities. Scammers solicit by phone and email, or post links to fraudulent charities on social media sites with names similar to those of legitimate organizations. In some cases, scammers even pose as legitimate charities, in one variation of the so-called imposter scam.
Western Union and Better Business Bureau launched BBB Scam Stopper to help consumers reduce their chances of becoming a victim of common scams. “We urge donors to give thoughtfully, and to be wary of scams this holiday season,” said Deborah Brady, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western Ontario, “It’s important to check out a charity first, and make sure you are giving to a charity that will use your donation wisely.”
Here are tips to consider when giving money to charities:
To learn more about which charities meet BBB Charity Accountability standards, go to www.westernontario.bbb.org/charity.