Charity fraud does a lot of harm. The con artist takes advantage of people's good will and takes their cash - money that was meant for people in need. You can make sure that any money you give gets into right hands. Just remember these tips when somebody asks you for a donation.
·Ask for identification - organization AND solicitor. Find out what purpose of charity is and how funds are used.
·Ask if contributions are tax deductible.
·If you're not satisfied with answers-don't give.
·Give to charities that you know.
·Check out ones you've never heard of before, or others whose names are similar to a well-known charity.
·Don't fall for high-pressure tactics. If solicitors won't take no for an answer, tell them NO anyway - BUT DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY.
·Be suspicious of charities that only accept cash.
·Always send a check made out to charity and not individual requesting donation.
THE PIGEON DROP A person approaches you and says that he just found a large amount of money. What should he do with it? Maybe his "boss" can suggest something. He then leaves to check with his "boss" and comes back a few minutes later. His boss said to divide money, but first, each of you must put up some, "good faith money". Once you hand over your share, you'll never see it or con artist again.