Sadly, some scammers try to profiteer from the spirit of the season. They may:
- claim to collect for a charity that helps disaster victims or sick children
- approach you while you’re shopping
- send you an email, and/or
- invite you to visit their fake website.
Tip Don’t donate to someone who approaches you out of the blue. Instead, consider which causes are important to you and donate to the charities directly.
Another potential trap is charity gift card
s. Three years ago, our investigation
found the charity may only receive 10% of what you paid.
Legitimate charity catalogues allow you to buy gifts for someone in need and send a card to a friend or family member in whose name you have bought the gift. World Vision, for instance, offers school pencils for $5. You can also choose to buy chickens or sewing machines for those in need.