Avoid Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes

Since the birth of the internet, events, such as natural disasters, have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit victims (via charity sites or email) for contributions they claim to be for charitable organization or causes. When donating, consumers should consider the following:

Never respond to SPAM e-mail.

Be wary of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations. Also, never click
on a link contained within an unsolicited e-mail.

Be cautious of e-mails claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.

It’s important that you validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity or aid organization’s website. Avoid clicking on any alleged “links to the site.”

Never provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions. By providing such information you may be compromise your identity and are opening yourself up to identity theft.