Whether you plan to text your donation or mail a check, make sure the charity is an established organization. Go to sites such as Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance to vet the charity.
File any fraud complaints with the Internet Crime Complaint Center . Known as IC3, the Center is a partnership of the FBI, National White Collar Crime Center and Bureau of Justice Assistance. Also, call the National Center for Disaster Fraud at 1-866-720-5721 to report the fraud.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Check Your Charity
Andrea Coombes offers some useful advice for checking out charitable organizations before donating. Very timely, too. In addition to many practical tips for detecting fraud, she offers the following websites: