Donation for Charity

How the scam works:

After every major disaster, such as the Connecticut shooting, Hurricane Sandy, Japanese Tsunami, the Chilean earthquake, Katrina, etc, several scammers set up funds for worldwide donations, claiming to be charitable organizations.

Using similar names to the real ones (United Nations, Red Cross, United Way), the crooks create viral campaigns on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, using all kinds of tricks – fake ads, hot-lines, online donation opportunities, etc.

Sometimes the scammers carry a hand-held debit machine, to look more legitimate!

How to avoid:

It is often possible to donate to a central fund through your bank. Otherwise, do not donate anything until you are sure the company is legitimate. Look online in the search engines by typing the name of the organization followed by the word “scam” or “fraud”.

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