Charity Sweepstakes Scam

July 13, 2017

From the BBB Wise Giving Alliance:

You receive a call stating that you’ve won $450,000 in a charity sweepstakes!  What, too good to be true you say?  Well, the caller says she is with a government agency in Washington DC, your phone shows they are using a Washington DC number with a 202 area code, and they reference the name of a well-known, trusted charity: Make-A-Wish Foundation. All you need to do is provide banking information (or a wire transfer) to send them a few thousand dollars to cover taxes and insurance. Well, welcome to the latest charity scam courtesy of a crafty con that is spreading across the U.S. as you read this.

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The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. It produces reports about national charities, evaluating them against comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountabilityand publishes a magazine, theWise Giving Guide, three times a year.