Tips to avoid fake charity scams this giving season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This giving season, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody wants to make sure generous Floridians don’t get scammed while trying to donate to charities.

On Giving Tuesday, Moody released a new consumer protection resource for donors called “Scams at a Glance: Charity Scams.” Click here to read the guide in English and here to read it in Spanish.

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“Before giving, do your research to make sure the organization seeking donations isn’t a sham charity set up to steal your money or your personal information,” Moody said in a statement.

Below are several tips included in the guide:

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Before donating, ensure the charity is an accredited organization with the Better Business Bureau by searching the BBB Wise Giving Alliance website at Give.org.

Research how donations are used by the charity. Visit CharityNavigator.org to see the organization’s spending breakdown.

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Do not provide banking information to someone who sends an unsolicited call or email on behalf of a charity. If you are interested in donating, ask that the charity mail information and a pledge form.

Pay close attention to a charity’s name. It is not unusual for scammers to create sham charities with names similar to those of legitimate, well-known charities.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.