Six Consumer Tips to Avoid Holiday Donor Fraud Scams

Supporting a charity or non-profit makes good sense at the holidays. But the fraud lawyers at Markoff Leinberger want consumers in Chicago and nationwide to make the most of their charitable giving by staying alert for the following signs of a charity scam as characterized by the Federal Trade Commission.

Donor Beware

Charity Scam Red Flag No. 1: Avoid any cause that declines to provide thorough information about its identity, costs and mission.

Charity Scam Red Flag No. 2: Beware of causes that fail to provide proof that a contribution is tax-deductible.

Charity Scam Red Flag No. 3: Beware of charities that use a name that is uncomfortably close to a larger, better-known organization.

Charity Scam Red Flag No. 4: Avoid charities that use high-pressure fundraising strategies aimed at getting you to give immediately.

Charity Scam Red Flag No. 5: In order to track the donation, it’s best to avoid making donations in cash.

Charity Scam Red Flag No. 6: Steer clear of charities that peg your contribution to a sweepstakes. NOTE: It is against the law to be forced to make a donation in order to be entered into a sweepstakes.

Protect Your Rights

Trust your instincts. If you or a loved one suspects that you have been victimized by a consumer-targeted charity scam, please contact the Chicago consumer rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger online, or call 1 (888) 517-9115 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced fraud attorneys.


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