Beware Fraudulent Charity Sites [Consumer]

by on May 17, 2011

in consumer

Over the last few months tragedies have struck in various locations around the world.  I’ve contributed to relief funds a few times this year.

I choose my venues of well renown.  But sometimes we may be sent or discover new avenues to contribute that seem to be of a good cause.  Thought we all would love to help out in the best way possible, we also need to be careful where we send our money.

The FBI has distributed tips on how to avoid fraudulent charitable contribution schemes.

In response to the recent tornadoes that affected several Southern states and caused loss of life and flooding that has damaged property, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Center for Disaster Fraud remind the public to be aware of and report any instances of alleged fraudulent activity related to relief operations and funding for victims. Unfortunately, criminals can exploit these tragedies for their own gain by sending fraudulent e-mails and creating phony websites designed to solicit contributions.

Like noted, I use known charities that I navigate to manually to donate my monies.  That way, I know I’m not being duped.

The FBI has already received complaints alleging fraudulent schemes. See the complete FBI press release here: http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/tips-on-avoiding-fraudulent-charitable-contribution-schemes-1

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