Donating money to charity is, of course, a noble act and one that is not to be discouraged.
You should, however, be very wary of who you are donating too, especially during times of financial crises such as we are experiencing now.
Not many people who are financially solvent want to be seen as being in some way ‘bad’ by not helping out when there is a natural disaster, attack such as 9/11, or when they see little kids with cancer.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should just blindly give money to anyone.
After all, scam artists care very little about who loses out as long as they prosper.
So, if you are the sort of person who enjoys making charitable donations then please continue but be sure to verify just who you are giving your money to.
AVOIDING CHARITY SCAMS
Here’s some simple tips for avoiding charity scams –
- Never give any payment information to someone who telephones you, or emails you, claiming to be from a charity
- Before making a donation ask to see paperwork which details who they are and what they do
- Research the organisation on the internet and with the Better Business Bureau in order to ensure both that they are legitimate and also that they have provided you with the ‘official’ contact information.
- If a ‘charity’ pressurises you into making a quick donation then you should feel suspicious
Remember that legitimate charities are happy to be scrutinised and should have no hesitation in proving that they are who they say they are.