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**Fraud Alert** September 2018 - Donating Wisely and Avoiding Charity Fraud

The 2018 hurricane season is upon us. If you would like to help with donations after a hurricane or natural disaster, you should know about how to avoid charity fraud. Doing some research and planning your giving can help ensure your donations get where they are intended to go. Here are some tips to help you plan your donation and avoid scams.

Do some research online

The following organizations offer reports and ratings about how charitable organizations spend donations and how they conduct business:

Be careful how you pay

  • If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, please be cautious as this is a popular way for scammers to acquire money.
  • To be safer, pay by credit card or check.
  • Keep a record of all donations and review your statements to make sure you are charged the amount you agreed to donate.

Keep scammers’ tricks in mind

If you see any red flags, or if you’re not sure about how a charity will use your donation, consider giving to a different charity. There are many worthy organizations who will use your donation wisely.

Report scams to FTC.gov/complaint.

For more details, articles, and resources, visit ftc.gov/charity.