Tips to avoid charity scams this holiday season


People tend to be more charitable during the holidays. After all, it’s the season of giving! Unfortunately, criminals know this. So in today’s ‘Money Matters,’  Lisa Chun with HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union gives us some tips on what we can do to protect ourselves from charity scams.

Things you should do to ensure your donation is going to a legitimate organization and cause:

  • Ask for detailed information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number.
  • Get the exact name of the organization and do some research. Searching the name of the organization online – especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam”- is one way to learn about its reputation.
  • Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name.
  • Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials.
  • Check if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.

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