How to Report Charity Scams
- Your state consumer protection office can accept and investigate consumer complaints.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC does not resolve individual matters. But it does track charity fraud claims and sues companies on the behalf of consumers.
- Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud, if the fraud is because of a natural disaster.
How to Protect Yourself From Charity ScamsFollow these tips to detect common charity scam tactics:
- Check out the charity with your state consumer protection office or the Better Business Bureau.
- Verify the name. Fake charities often choose names that are close to well-established charities.
- Don’t give in to high-pressure tactics such as urging you to donate immediately.
- Don’t assume that you can get a tax deduction for donating to an organization. Use the IRS’s database of 501(c)3 organizations to find out if it has this status.
- Don’t send cash. Pay with a check or credit card.