Charity Fraud

Some charities may sound legitimate, or have names very close to that of a well-known charity, but are nothing more than an organization of scam artists. They ask for donations to help those in need, but simply pocket the money instead.

Recognize the warning signs that may indicate a scam:

  • You have to make your decision immediately, or are told that the people need the donation right away.
  • The charity’s name sounds legitimate, but you do not recognize it.
  • The charity cannot, or will not, send you a brochure or donor form, or does not have a website that you can visit.
  • A door-to-door solicitor asks for the donation to be made to him or her personally.
  • The solicitor tells you, you can only donate by giving him or her money.
  • During a telemarketing call, you are asked to give confidential information such as a bank account or credit card number.

What you should do if you suspect a scam:

  • To find out if a charity is legitimate, log on to
  • Get a number where you can call after you have
  • Confirmed their legality. Check the number against your local telephone directory to verify it is authentic. Ask for a brochure or other written materials to be sent to you in the mail.

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