Giving Tuesday is a day designed to give to those in need over the holiday season, but before you start giving your hard-earned money to charity, you should be aware of the scams out there.
Whether it’s through social media, texting, or emailing, scammers use different means to take advantage of people.
Scams and hacking: tips to protect your information
- To avoid becoming a victim, the Better Business Bureau says you should go to Give.org first. This website has thousands of verified charities that you can safely donate your money to. However, if you want to donate to a charity that isn’t listed on their website, don’t feel pressured into donating right away.
- It is important that you do your research, research the charity, and see if they have a legitimate website.
- On this website always look for a comments section, ask who will go the money and how much will directly support the efforts.
- Another thing to watch out for is the names of similar charities. Keep in mind that crooks sometimes create fake ones that look a lot like the real thing to confuse people. It could be as simple as a letter being extinguished.
- Also, keep in mind that if you’re asked to send money by wire transfer or through an app like CashApp or Venmo to donate, think twice. Most verified charities will make giving as easy and secure as possible.
If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, be sure to call your local police department or click here to report it through the Better Business Bureau online.
What there is to know: How to Protect Your Information From Scammers During the Holiday Season