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CHARITY SCAMS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

When giving money to charity, especially after a disaster or during the holiday season, make sure you are giving to a legitimate organization. Your money will not do any good if it is given to a fake charity.

Fake charity scams make every attempt to look real. They may choose a name similar to a legitimate charity's name or create a fake ID in the name of an actual charity, complete with a copy of the logo. These scam artists may use standard methods to collect 'donations' for their charity scams like setting up a table at a local mall or on the street, knocking on your door or making an e-mail or telephone request.

TIPS TO HELP YOU AVOID BEING TAKEN BY A CHARITY SCAM:

CHECK THEM OUT!

The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance offers information about national charities. They publish standards for rating charities, and rate over 600 charities. Call them at 1-703-276-0100 or visit their website www.give.org

The IRS provides a list of organizations that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. Search the list by going to the IRS website at www.irs.gov or by calling the IRS toll-free at 1-877-829-5500.

IF YOU THINK YOU'VE BEEN SCAMMED:


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