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By Kirtland Financial Services
For many people, the holiday season is when you enjoy family and friends and give a little back to those in need. Charitable giving is its highest during the holiday months. While many legitimate charities are out there looking for support, there are also scammers looking to take advantage of the holiday goodwill. Not sure whether a charity you want to contribute to is on the up-and-up? Below are a few steps you may take to see if the charity is fraudulent.
The first place to start is with a bit of research. In many cases, this may be the only step you need to identify the validity of a charity. Check out one or more organizations that help verify charity information, such as Charity Watch, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator. These organizations will provide you with some insight into the charities and how their funds are spent.1
There are many ways to give money easily and securely to charity. Many charities will accept a check, credit card, or money transfer method, such as PayPal. These are all reasonably secure methods of sending money and have some recourse against fraudulent transactions. If a charity is fraudulent, it will likely ask for less conventional payment methods such as cash, wire transfer, gift cards, or virtual currency.1
Once you have researched and verified their payment method, look for any other possible red flags before agreeing to contribute. Most fraudulent charities will have one or more red flags you may not think of until you look closer.1
Scammers may use all kinds of tricks to get you to give them money, but some of the most common danger signs include:
1 How To Spot A Charity Scam, Business Insider, https://www.businessinsider.com/10-ways-to-spot-a-charity-scam-2011-5
2 “VERIFY Fast Facts: 4 ways to spot charity donation scams,” WFAA, https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/verify/scams-verify/4-ways-to-spot-charity-donation-scams/536-ad41a2d0-f92a-44a4-8c37-0bd5add680f6
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.
This article was prepared by WriterAccess.
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