Better Business Bureau Warns of Phony Charities

Better Business Bureau Warns of Phony Charities

POSTED: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 7:47pm

EL PASO - You cannot always trust the person at your door.

While their red vest of name tag may seem convincing, the person may be posing as a volunteer and pocketing your money.

The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips to avoid becoming a charity scam victim:

>  Do not give cash; always make contributions by check and make your check payable to the charity, not to the individual collecting the donation.

>  Never donated to a charity you know nothing about.

>  Don’t feel pressured into giving a donation and don’t be afraid to request additional information from the charity regarding its finances or programs.

>  Don’t be fooled by names that look impressive of that closely resemble the name of a well-known organization.

>  Keep records of your donations (receipts, canceled checks, and bank statements) so you can document your charitable giving at tax time.

>  Be sure to check if your contribution is tax-deductible.

>  Be aware of claims that state “every penny will go to the charity.”  All charities incur expenses.  Make sure you know where you donation is going and who is benefiting from it.   

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