Most people know to not make monetary donations to organizations over the phone. Yet, some still do, not knowing that charitable organization they just donated to is a fake. US Media Studios offers some advice when the pleas for disaster relief start pouring in.
Do Your Due Diligence
Ask the caller for the name of their organization. Go to the Charity Navigator website and enter the name of the organization. The site gives detailed information about the charity such as funds raised, funds spent and where the funds are spent. The BBB notes the number of complaints the organization received and how many were answered, and issues resolved.
Delete emailed solicitation requests and don’t answer phone calls if you don’t know the number. These are two common methods fake charitable organizations contact people for money. Unknown emails can contain malware.
While rare, US Media Studios knows there are still some phony NGOs making the rounds and knocking on home doors. We advise readers to not answer the door if you don’t know the person knocking. Better safe than sorry.
If you do decide to donate to a charitable aid organization, please use a credit card and not cash, checks or debit cards. Your money is as valuable and needed by you as it is for any honest charity. Protect it.
Here are some credible links for checking a charity’s reputation: