It is a true fact, that many fake charity organizations try to take advantage of your generosity and compassion for others in need as a donor. They often divert much needed donations away from legitimate charities and causes, making use of people’s response to real disasters or emergencies,
such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes and bush-fires. Today we are going to talk about how you can avoid Donation Scams, both online, offline and in your community making sure your contributions are made to worthwhile causes and legitimate non-profit organizations.
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Here are 5 ways to Avoid/Protect Yourself:
1. Always approach charity organisations directly to make a donation:
You can always find Basic information about any legit charity organisations online by doing a simple Google search to know more about them. If you find some sketchy details or scam reviews from previous people who had already previously donate to their cause, you should stop to avoid falling victim. Also do some research, find out their name and approach them personally and directly if they are closer to your location or region, with this you can ask the representative, store/company Manager or person responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) more details and inquiry before giving out your money or assistance . You can also ask if their is Other forms of non-monetary support you can offer them to aid their Cause.
2. Never send money or give personal information, credit card details or online account details to anyone you don’t know:
In response to real life disasters or emergencies, many Fake charities and scammers will try to take advantage of your generosity and compassion for others in need using your emotions . Using dubious means such as email phishing attacks email. e.g strangers contacting you pretending to be a bank or some other legitimate company, It often comes in formal of using emails, phone calls and clone Web pages.
Some of them may even approach you personally. Never send money or give personal information, credit card details or online account details to anyone you don’t know until you are 100% sure they are genuine. Most especially if You’ve never heard of the charity organisation before, or it is not well-known with an identification.
Sending your credit card or personal details in an email to someone or organisation who is putting you under pressure or made to feel guilty or selfish if you don’t want to donate, is not a good idea. Don’t open suspicious or unsolicited emails (spam) – delete them. If you click on a link or open an attachment, you may install a harmful program without knowing it.
3. Most fake charity organisations only accept cash donation with no receipt given:
Most of them will tell you they only accept cash donation and don’t accept cheque, so that they can’t be easily traced by their victims or they may want donors to send donation cheques to their own personal account/names. Besides You are not given a receipt. Or, they give you a receipt that does not have the charity’s details on it ( fake receipt).
The receipt should have the charity’s name and registration number, date, serial number, amount donated, donor’s name, and be signed on behalf of the organization. The receipts also should have the website address of the Canada Revenue Agency www.cra-arc.gc.ca/charities. Anyone can look up information on this website about charities in general, or any specific registered charity.
4. Do not Donate for personal profit or recognition:
Some people donate to charities with the temptation of receiving credit for more than they actually donated. Do not run the risk of having all your donations disallowed. If it seems “too good to be true,” it probably is. Give to give, not just for an inflated tax break.
You can also donate easily to any of thousands of charities through CanadaHelps.org, itself a registered charity. They issue you a receipt and forward your donation to the charity you specify, less a 3% transaction fee.
5. Always check an organisation’s credentials before donation:
All Legitimate charities are registered, you can easily check an organisation’s credentials on the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) website to see if they are a genuine charity. The ACNC Register contains information about the more than 54 000 charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Only currently registered charities can legitimately claim that they are registered with the ACNC. They are able to use the following wording on public documents (such as letterhead, emails and a website) but not the ACNC logo. You can search for your desired organisations/charities by going to the AC Find a charity on the ACNC Register HERE