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7 Ways to Avoid Charity Fraud

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									by: Michelle Annese

Hurricane Katrina hit and now charities are asking for your help, primarily in monetary form.

Here are seven ways to keep from harm against a con artist who wants to take advantage of your
good will.

You can make sure your hard earned money gets into the right hands with these seven safety tips
when asked for a donation.

1. Asking for their identification is a must. The organization AND the solicitor. Find out what
the purpose of the charity is and how funds are used and allocated.

2. Ask if contributions are tax deductible

3. If youre not convinced by their answersDONT GIVE A DONATION.

4. Give to charities and foundations you know.

5. Do a web search and some checking if youve never heard of the charity before or if it is a
name that is similar to the ones you know of.

6. Do not fall for high pressure tactics. If solicitors wont take no for an answer, or come back
tomorrow so you can do your homework on them, DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY.

7. Be suspicious of charities who only accept cash. Always send a check made out to the charity
and NOT to the individual requesting the donation.

By knowing a few tips when charities are asking for funds, it can make the difference between
providing a con artist with your hard earned moneyor helping the people who need it the most
with your generous donation.

This article was posted on September 11, 2005

								
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