Did You Receive an Unsolicited Message for Breast Cancer Awareness products and Donations?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A lot of consumers show support and solidarity to survivors, families, and charity groups during this month by buying ‘pink’ products and donating to charities and services.
However, according to the FTC, consumers have to be wary as every month is a special month for charity scammers, even those involved in breast cancer rip-offs.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warned consumers to do a little homework before handing over any money to charities or cause-related products.
What to Do Before Donating
The BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance (BBBWGA) advises consumers to consider the following things before donating:
- Shop smart. If you’re looking for a “pink ribbon” item, choose promotions that are transparent with the exact charity that will benefit from your purchase and how much of the purchase will be donated.
- Check out the charity. Every charity that’s accredited by the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance must meet all 20 BBB Charity Standards. BBB cautions consumers that “if you are considering a donation to a charity that is not familiar to you, go to Give.org to view its charity report or find trustworthy organizations to donate to. When researching a charity, pay close attention to its name, as some questionable charities may use names similar to those of established organizations.”
- Participate carefully. Fundraising events are golden opportunities for charities, but to be absolutely sure everything is above board with the charity’s intent, gather all important information before signing up. Don’t be afraid to ask questions like, “Is there a participation fee?” or “Are you required to sign up a minimum number of sponsors?”
- Take action. If the pandemic has put the hurt on your available donation funds, keep in mind that many charities are also happy to take on volunteers. Every type of contribution helps and has value.
What Else to Do
According to Paige Schaffer, the CEO of Global Identity & Cyber Protection Services at Generali Global Assistance, “a good rule of thumb is to never respond to unsolicited emails, text messages, or social media messages from unfamiliar senders, as they could redirect you to a website containing malware. I always recommend signing up for Scam Alerts from the FTC to keep up to date on the latest scams and always try to verify the source of any communication directly with the organization that contacted you.“
Furthermore, consumers should always check the legitimacy of the charity they are donating to, saying “if you plan to make donations to a charity supporting breast cancer treatment, you should use tools like Guidestar or Charity Navigator to verify the legitimacy of the charity before making a donation. If you can’t find a legitimate record of the charity and see red flags in their communications, it’s probably a scammer looking to take advantage of your goodwill.”
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