DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Many charitable organizations receive a significant portion of donations around the holidays but unfortunately, scammers are also out in full force. How can you be sure your money is going to a reputable cause?
John North of the Dayton Better Business Bureau joined 2 NEWS Tuesday with tips for holiday giving.
“Scammers are out there. They are using solicitations that are similar to the solicitations that a legitimate charity is using, they use names that sound similar to a legitimate charity that is out there, trying to trick you into believing that you’re giving to a legitimate charity,” he says.
Platforms such as social media, email, physical mail, texting, and telephone calls are all tools that scammers use.
North says that if you are ever unsure of the charity you’re asked to donate to, do your research first and remember that scammers often use similar sounding names and creating official-looking websites.
You should also ask phone solicitors if they work with third-party telemarketing companies, which oftentimes keep a large portion of donations.
Never wire transfer money; once you do this, there is no chance of getting it back.
Keep record of your donations with receipts, canceled checks, and bank statements to document your charitable giving at tax time.
Be wary of any organization that seems pushy about getting you to donate.
For a list of charities that comply with the Better Business Bureau’s Standards for Charity Accountability, visit this website.