BBB warns of possible Christmas donation scams

BBB warns of possible Christmas donation scams
(Source: Better Business Bureau)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - As you give back this holiday season, it is important to also be aware of scams that could be out there to put a damper on the holiday season.

Here are some red flags to look out for according to the Better Business Bureau.

“If someone comes to your door and they solicit you for a donation and they are doing a pressure tactic or maybe something that is playing on your emotions that’s a real red flag and this might not be legitimate any legitimate charity is going to give you their information and let you take your time and make a smart decision before you donate,” Heather Massey, Senior Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau, said.

Pay attention to the name of the charity and make sure it’s the right one.

“It’s really important that you do your research first," Massey said. “A lot of charities have similar names, so before you donate you want to make sure you are donating to the right charity.”

Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.

“So, if you are donating a $100 to a charity, you need to know where those funds go because does a 100% actually go to the charity or is it a few dollars and the rest is disbursed elsewhere?” Massey said.

GoFundMe accounts are becoming more popular, but they are not 501(c)(3) which means the group or person taking the money is not a part of an official registered non-profit.

“The GoFundMe’s, they vary because individuals set up those websites account, so it’s really important that you do your research before you donate to those," Massey said. “These are set up by individuals for a cause they are raising money for different events and it might not be a 100% a working charity, so really research before you give your money to things like that.”

To learn more tips on giving this holiday season, click here.

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