Today is “Giving Tuesday.” It’s a day that gives nonprofits and charities a financial boost at the end of the year to continue to do the good works that they have been doing all year long.
The Better Business Bureau warns, however, that today is also a day scammers are looking to take advantage of your kindness.
The best way to avoid these scams, according to the BBB is to do your research on the charity or organization, make sure the websites you visit are secure, and check the BBB’s Give.org to make sure charities are legit.
Be wary of social media appeals, these are scammers easiest methods for which to rob you of your money. Scammers can also pose as friends or family in need. If they appeal to you to donate over Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, double check it’s really them. Give a call and ask if it is really them making the request.
- Watch out for name similarities, one could be a fake
- Review the charity website carefully
- Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar sources or organizations
- Check with state charity rolls
- Avoid charities that don’t disclose their information
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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!