Steps to Protect Yourself from Bogus Disaster Relief Donations

Introduction:Bogus charity solicitors are like cockroaches. Most especially during national disasters, they slither out of their filth, dial our number and try to part us from our money. You may be aware of some or all these steps to protect yourself from bogus disaster relief donations. If so, let them serve as a reminder that evil exists in our world and if you feel discomfort during the call - just say "No!"

  • 01

    Ask Prudent Questions

    Ask the scallywags for the mailing address, telephone number and web site address of their (bogus) charity. Ask scoundrels how they plan to spend your money. Find out what percentages of donations will actually be used for disaster relief programs and services.

    Reputable charitable organizations will not have a problem with these questions.

  • 02

    Don't Cave In Under Pressure

    Their spiel may sound similar to the tactics of a used car salesman. "You must give the money today!"

    What? The flood is going to dry-up overnight?

    Trustworthy charities will have no objection when prospective donors decide to think about it overnight before giving of their funds.

  • 03

    Use Your Research Skills

    If you aren't familiar with the charity's mission and name, use your research skills and check them out. In my state, Tennessee, money raising organizations are required to register with the Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Division of the Secretary of State. Check with your state office and see if this applies where you reside.

    Or, if you were successful in obtaining a web site, look on the internet for information.

  • 04

    Only Pay By Check

    Never, ever, send cash to these scam artists promoting their bogus charity relief during times of national disaster (or anytime for that matter).

    Donate by check and make it payable to the charity, not the telephone solicitor.

    It's not prudent to pay with your credit card unless you are donating to a highly-trusted charity.

  • 05

    Reporting Scam Attempts During Disaster Relief

    In Tennessee, the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming is authorized to investigate scam attempts during disaster relief. If your state does not have a similar division, report the scam attempts to the Attorney General's office.

    Not only is reporting the scam, a helpful step to protect yourself from bogus disaster relief donations it helps other people from being taken advantage of through fraudulent fundraising.


Final Thoughts

Americans have deep pockets. To the evil charlatans who would scam benevolent citizens by posing as disaster relief solicitors, I say - Shame on you!

Comments

  • clewand550 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent advice. There are so many people out there trying to get some easy money. Well done list.

  • JennyHeart 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great helpful information!

  • workhomeunion 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    Nice list, it's unfortunate that such an article is necessary but it is .. thanks for sharing. Hi5.

  • penelope7 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    It doesn't sicken me when these cockroaches come out at an opportune time. It sickens me and I thank you for your advice.

  • goodselfme 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    Your list give an awareness to always be on the hunt for bogus organizations that talk relief disaster help when they are not honest.

  • Snakesmom 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    These are all great tips to avoid being scammed by anyone that is not legit and hoping to make money off of a terrible disaster. Sad that there are so many bad people out there. Great list! H5!

  • litetender 3/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    An exceptional and timely list. A lot of people are surprised to learn how poorly some very prominent organizations (like the Red Cross!) manage donations, as well.

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