The Internal Revenue Service has been warning people to look out for scammers using fake charities to try to obtain money as well as personal information.
With the holidays approaching, you may want to help out even more than usual by giving to your favorite charities. Unfortunately, scammers are aware of this and are using fake charities that they have set up to trick people into giving them money and sensitive information. So, it is important for you to make sure you are giving to a legitimate charity. Doing this could help keep your sensitive information out of the wrong hands.
One way you can make sure that you are giving to a legitimate charity is to use the Tax-Exempt Organization Search Tool, an IRS tool. One of the more popular ways for scammers to ask for money for disaster relief is over the phone. Don’t feel pressured to donate right away. It is better to check out the organization before donating.
Here are some more tips you can use to avoid giving money or your information to fake charities.
- Make sure the charity you are giving to is…