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.
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.
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