Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest is reminding donors to be wary of charity fraud this holiday season, especially with Giving Tuesday tomorrow and an increase in charity scams.
Charity fraud varies from a scammer posing as a reputable charity to a misrepresentation of how much money actually goes to the charity’s clients. There have been over 100 more scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker this year compared to 2016 with a loss of nearly $380,000, $140,000 more than 2016. Charity scammers often take advantage of the holiday giving season since American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during this time of year.
BBB is reminding donors to make the most of their generosity this holiday season with these giving tips:
Watch out for look-a-likes. Organizations with name similarities could either be a charity who supports the same cause or a bogus charity using a similar name to a reputable organization. Consumers should research the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.
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