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Scam Alert

Bogus charity solicitations
The holidays are on the way and thieves will be preying on your kind heart. Watch out for phone solicitors representing charities -- they may be a scam. Although legitimate charities do make phone calls for donations, the FTC warns that not all the calls you receive will be legitimate.

One popular scam is from callers claiming to raise money for the Fraternal Order of Police. In the past, such scams have been reported in Boulder, Colo., Marco Island, Fla., the Township of Upper St. Claire, Pa., and Buffalo Grove, Ill. While some police districts do raise money by telemarketing calls, it is best to check out all charities before making donations.

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Always ask for a charity's name, address and phone number before donating. Ask them to send you written information. Then look up the information on the charity yourself and make sure the call you received is legitimate. For example, if you get a call from someone claiming to raise money for your local Fraternal Order of Police, call your local police and ask them if the call was legitimate.

Bankrate.com shows you how to check out a charity. The FTC has a checklist to help you determine if the charity you are considering contributing to is legitimate.

Read about more scams.

 
-- Posted: Oct. 10, 2003
   

 

 
 
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