Don't Get Scammed, Check Before You Give

Posted on 11/30/19

Are you considering making a charitable donation this holiday season? Make sure the charity is legitimate first. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recorded 4,350 incidents of bogus charitable solicitations in 2018.

To make sure your charity checks out, see the West Virginia secretary of state’s office’s list of organizations licensed to solicit donations. Go to apps.sos.wv.gov/business/charities.

AARP’s Fraud Watch Network also recommends searching for your charity on charitywatch.org or charitynavigator.org. Common methods scammers use to get money from victims involve wire transfers and gift card purchases.

The FTC warns consumers to make donations by check or credit card for protection. Don’t fall for con artists who want to trick you into believing you have already made a pledge.

Learn more at aarp.org/fraud and aarp.org/wv.

This story is provided by AARP West Virginia. Visit the AARP West Virginia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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