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Fraud, Fraud Prevention, Fraud Protection Article

How to Determine if a Donation Appeal is for Real – or a Scam 

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Charitable donations are a great way to make an impact on the causes you care about. But when tragedy strikes, scammers may prey on the generosity of those trying to support the victims. Scammers request donations on social media or crowdfunding websites – or contact you by phone, text, or email.  

Common Characteristics 

Even if a charity seems real, it’s important to research the organization and look for reviews. You can also do an online search for the name of the charity with the word “scam” or “complaints” to see if others have reported any issues. If you’re unable to verify a charity’s authenticity, you may want to donate elsewhere. When it comes to sending money, always remember to slow down and ask yourself questions. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instinct. 

To learn about other scams, and ways to protect yourself, keep exploring the Stellar Insights blog. 

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