Feb 13 / Admin

New Scam Alert: Donating to help after earthquakes in Turkey and Syria?

The Federal Trade Commission reported:   

The devastation in Turkey and Syria following massive earthquakes is inspiring people to help and donate. And it’s prompting scammers — like they do after every disaster — to take advantage of your generosity. Find out how to make sure your money helps people in need.

Scammers use familiar-sounding names to create fake charities, or ask you to donate in cash, by gift card, or cryptocurrency. Here’s how to spot and avoid the scams:

  • Slow down. You don’t have to give immediately. Search online for the name of the charity you are interested in supporting, plus words like “review,” “scam,” or “complaint.” 
  • Check what charity watchdog groups say about the organization. 
  • Ask how your money will be spent. 
  • Look at fees and timing if you’re donating through an online platform or social media. 
  • Visit ftc.gov/charity before you open up your wallet.

Find the original article and read more here.

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