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Fake Charities Are Scamming People Who Want to Donate to Orlando Victims
The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history killed 49 people early Sunday morning, and left Americans shaken, wondering what they can do to help. That has led to record-breaking charitable donations—but sadly, also a lot of scammers preying on people's good nature.
Give.org, the charity arm of the Better Business Bureau, released a warning to people who want to give a charitable donation to those affected by the shooting. "The best way to help the victims, their families, and the people of Orlando is to make sure that donations end up where they belong," H. Art Taylor, president & CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, said in a statement. "We are already hearing about click-bait schemes and questionable solicitations, and we expect there will be numerous scams and frauds. We urge those generous donors to give wisely so their gifts can do the most good."
How can you avoid getting scammed? Make sure you thoroughly research the charity before you donate your money. Most U.S. states require charitable groups register with the government, so check to see if an organization is registered. According to theOrlando Sentinel, you can check out Florida-based charities by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA to see if it's registered. The Better Business Bureau also says you should be a little suspicious of start-up-type organizations, because they might not have the experience or management to get funds where they need.
Once you've checked out the charity, make sure it's behaving in a respectful and transparent way. Check that they have received permission to use the photos of victims and their families, ensure that they are extremely clear and specific about how the funds will be used, and if tax deductions are important to you, to find out if your donation will be deductible. And of course, avoid clicking on unfamiliar links sent to you in text messages or emails.
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