Around Veterans Day, charity scammers seek to take advantage of the generosity of those who want to help charities that support servicemembers and veterans, the Federal Trade Commission warned.
Charity scammers contact you about fake veteran and military causes, tugging at your heartstrings — and grabbing for your wallet. They lie about who they’re affiliated with and how your money will impact the program you want to help.
A little research will help you spot these charity scams and make sure your donations count:
- Find out who’s behind a crowdfunding request or social media donation link — before giving. Scammers use stolen photos and other people’s stories to raise money for themselves. Find out who’s organizing the campaign since that’s who gets the money donated. They’re expected to give it to the intended recipient. The safest way to give through crowdfunding or social media is to only donate to people you know and trust.