We live in a world where at any given moment, bad things can happen to any of us no matter who we are, where we live or whatever our status in life. This certainly can be proven when it comes to things such as natural disasters and other terrible, untimely events that can adversely affect numbers of people. But unfortunately, there are also plenty of degenerates and lowlifes out there that will use something such as charity and disaster relief for their own selfish, evil motives. While charities and disaster relief accomplish good, fraud associated with phony charities and disaster relief scams causes much harm. Charity and disaster relief scam artists just like any other con artists not only take advantage of others generosity and kindness, they flat out take your money. What's also despicable is beside the fact that the money was meant for someone in need; often times the ones in need are the ones that have been victimized because of giving up their last penny when they really couldn't afford to. You want to make sure that your hard earned money gets into the proper hands. Here are some tips to help you differentiate between a scam and the real thing:
Make sure to always ask for documentation or identification. This applies to the relief or charity organization or the one professing to represent the organization that's soliciting for funds. Inquire as to what purpose the charity or relief fund will serve and exactly how the money will be used.
Ask if the contributions are tax deductible. If not, please be suspicious.
If the solicitor gives answers that are deemed unsatisfactory or he or she talks in a way that implies they are trying to avoid answering your questions- DON'T GIVE THEM ANYTHING!!
If you are going to give money to charity, give to organizations that you know and are familiar with. Check out the ones you've never heard of or others who may have names that sound similar to well-known groups.
Charity and disaster relief scam artists just like general con people use the high pressure tactic. If the solicitor won't take no for an answer, still tell them NO anyway- But don't give away your money!
Be highly suspicious of any solicitor or charity/disaster relief groups that only will accept cash.
Make sure that you send the check made out to the charity or organization itself and not the solicitor requesting the money themselves.
Whether online, in person or on the phone, NEVER give out your personal information such as your bank number, credit card, social security number, etc. You may be very sorry!