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FAKE CHARITIES – Please beware of Hurricane Florence scams

After significant events, many fake charities surface suddenly.  And these links share that donations are best made through mainstream sites & using safest e-commerce practices.  A BEST PRACTICE is to work through the most mainstream established organizations (e.g., Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc.) rather than a “newly created” one at the time of tragedy.   Mainstream sites are better, because there is history on % of donations that actually go to victims & beneficiaries. 

In “best practices” search, some EXCELLENT resources share avoidance & verification tactics.  As unfortunately the “bad guys” will strike soon.

https://www.trustify.info/blog/how-to-aviod-fake-charities

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/fake-charities

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/fake-charities-on-the-irs-dirty-dozen-list-of-tax-scams-for-2017

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-donate-wisely-and-avoid-charity-scams

https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-06-2013/avoiding-charity-scams-during-disasters.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-montali/how-to-tell-if-a-charity-_b_9806518.html

How this scam works — Fake charities try to take advantage of your generosity and compassion for others in need. Scammers will steal your money by posing as a genuine charity. Not only do these scams cost you money, they also divert much needed donations away from legitimate charities and causes.  Fake charity approaches occur all year round and often take the form of a response to real disasters or emergencies, such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes and bushfires.

Scammers will pose as either agents of legitimate well-known charities or create their own charity name. This can include charities that conduct medical research or support disease sufferers and their families. They may also pose as individuals needing donations for health or other reasons.

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